Walter Franklin Paden, Jr. was born May 20, 1924 in Wagner, Texas, to the late Walter and Rosa Paden.
He was the seventh of nine boys. He married Dorthy Butcher on Dec. 14, 1946, in Brownfield, Texas. The family moved to Montana in 1951 to help work with the Church of Christ, settling in Ft. Peck. They had 11 children, Darwin Paden of Libby, Bonnie Rozmarynowycz of Versailles, Ky., Wilma Dye of Odessa, Texas, Esther Atchley of Safford, Ariz.., Nancy Russell of Versailles, Annette Walters of Wolfforth, Texas, Janette Winsor of Carrolton, Texas, Burt Paden of Lawrenceburg, Ky., Gloria Lopez, of Rowlett, Texas, Frank Paden of Lawrenceburg, Ky., and Nathan Paden of Slaton, Texas.
Walter's most important work was helping the church in Glasgow, Montana.
Throughout his years he was teacher, leader, elder, preacher, song leader, maintenance, and other roles as needed, including many community service activities. He designed the church building in Glasgow and the new chapel at Yellowstone Bible Camp.
Walter worked for the Corp of Engineers, retiring after 20 years. The family moved to Glasgow in 1979, where they operated a Montgomery Ward Catalog store for five years.
Walter wrote the Bible Study article for the Glasgow Courier each week for many years.
Walter passed away Saturday, June 25, 2005, in Slaton, Texas. He was 81.