Rolyn R. Barden, 83, of Palm Springs, Calif., formerly of Decatur, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 29, 2012, in his home.
Ron was born March 16, 1929, in Shelbyville, the son of Rex E. and Helen Canavan Barden. He graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his master's at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He was an aerospace engineer, interior designer and an acclaimed artist.
He loved antique collecting and restoring, and portrait and nature photography. Surviving are his sister, Joyce Thompson of Shelbyville; nephew, Darrell Thompson of Pana; niece, Marla Ursprung of Bethalto; and several cousins.
He will be greatly missed by his many friends, relatives and associates.
Obituary credit: Chicago Tribune