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William “Willie” R. Vaden

I am deeply saddened to share the news that today, former Ingleside Mayor William “Willie” R. Vaden passed away. Willie was a well-known public figure in the Coastal Bend, and I have come to know Willie as a wonderful friend and have developed a great respect for his accomplishments.

Willie threw his hat into the political ring many years ago and first served as an Ingleside City Council Member from 1999-2000, Mayor of Ingleside from 2000-2004, City Council Member from 2006-2008 and again from 2009-2014. He was a Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, District 27 in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. He was also a Candidate for the Texas House of Representatives, District 43 in 2012, and the U.S. House of Representatives, District 34 in 2016. Willie was on the current ballot as a Candidate for Ingleside City Council.

Willie was a proud Veteran of the United States Marine Corp, where he served from 1965- 1969. He was a member of the Navy League, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, American Petroleum Institute, and American Society of Testing and Measurement,

Willie was a proud but humble man and played a crucial role in creating the Ingleside that we have today.

On behalf of the City of Ingleside, I would like to officially thank and commend Willie for his public service to the City of Ingleside and send our condolences to the entirety of his wonderful family. The City of Ingleside is a better place today because of his remarkable leadership. May he rest in peace.

Willie was preceded in death by his parents Gladys and Kenner Vaden; son, Leslie “Hump” Vaden.

Left to cherish his memory is his daughter Betty Vaden; 5 brothers James (Karen) Vaden; Robert (Sharon) Vaden; Cecil “Bo” Vaden; Kenneth “Duke” Vaden and Billy Jo Vaden; 3 sisters, Elizabeth Vaden; Ada Owens and Sherri (Luke) Smithwick; 7 Grandchildren, Phillip Glud; Lee Ann (Jeff) Techur; Kayla Glud; Logan Vaden; Leslie Vaden; Laney Vaden and Luke Ryan Vaden; numerous Great grandchildren and many many nieces and nephews.

Willie will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, and his memory will live forever in our hearts.

Pallbearers will be, Jacob Gross; Craig Chandler; Noah Smithwick; Robert Koerth Sr.; Robert Koerth Jr.; Gage Ladewig; Luke Smithwick; Robert Friesenhahn and Phillip Glud.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 9, 2020 from 5-9 p.m. at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Aransas Pass, TX.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Coastal Bend Family Worship 520 S. Saunders in Aransas Pass, Tx.

Online condolences can be made at: Arrangements entrusted to: Charlie Marshall Funeral Home


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