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Memorial created 12-13-2006 by
Shelley Crocker-Rendon
Calvin A. Soden Sr.
April 30 1923 - August 3 2005

 * note: please be sure to visit the other pages of Dad's memorial - especially the Photo Album,and Slideshow,which contains many very special pictures of Mom and Dad and family!  also be sure to put your speakers on to hear all the special songs on each page !


In Remeberance Of Memorial Day

Thank You for your service Dad. 




 when I'm closer to the end
 in  the twilight of my life
than the beginning
sadness, the pain of learning
the illusions of what I could and should
have been
could and should have done
have all melted away
and I'm left here
with nothing
but the reality of who I am
and here
I've found you once again.

In our embrace we're children
who've walked the journey of discovery
through the darkness to the light
across the lifetimes
where we fought and died
laughed and cried
were mother, father, friend
 sister, brother
we've come toghther
time and time again
and again, and again

In our moment now
that seems so fleeting
we yearn for more time
but we had to find ourselves
before we could recognize each other
Don't love with regret for time lost
we will meet again
and as long as forever
in eternity endures
my spirit will always find yours
again, and again
and again.


Twenty-Third Psalm
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.




Dad , You are in all my sunrises!





Hobbies included, Fishing, Boating, Hunting,Golf,Woodworking, Clock making. Music: Dad played the organ and the guitar. Organizations: Dad was a lifetime Member of the VFW ( Veterans of Foreign Wars) and a member of the Lions Club,(Lions Clubs International is the world's largest volunteer service organization, with clubs all over the globe). and The Redman's Lodge, Tuckerton, N.J. He was a retired Heavy Equipment Operator, Local 825 He was quite a computer "geek" in later years! Dad you are surely missed, always in our hearts..UNTIL WE MEET Again... R.I.P.

Dad's Favorite Prayer Serenity Prayer God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

This site is dedicated to a very special Dad from the "apple of his Eye" I love you and Miss you Dad.Till we meet again...in a better place! Love, Shelley



Mom and Dad's "song" by Betty Carter " I Don't Want to set The World on Fire "

Mom's 90th Birthday!


  You are missed more than ever!!!


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