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William C. Braden, 74 of Rock Falls died Thursday August 5, 2021 at Rock River Hospice and Home.

He was born on February 19, 1947 in Glendale, CA the son of Lyman and Dorothy (Griffin) Braden Sr. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He served in the US Army for 5 ½ years and then in the US Navy for 16 years. He married Betty J. Warner on October 6, 1972 in Rock Falls. He then worked on the Union Pacific Railroad for 13 years. Bill enjoyed vintage country music, fishing, outdoor activities and model railroading.
He enjoyed the family time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; daughter Katie (Lucio) Esquivel III; son William J. Braden; grandchildren: Lucio Esquivel IV and Isabella Esquivel; his sisters: Rhoda (Hank) Slebioda and Cynthia Braden both of Kansas City, MO; his brother Lyman (Michelle) Braden of Kansas City, MO; and his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services with military honors will be Friday August 13, 2021 at 1 PM at Holy Cross Cemetery in Harmon, IL. There will be no visitation. Arrangements entrusted to the McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory.

Memorials may be made in his memory to Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling.