Appreciation of Robert Gene Soden, 1937 - 2019
Robert Gene Soden1937 2019
Decatur, Alabama, USA
The death occurred this year of a fine Soden, Robert Gene Soden.
I knew Bob through family history and got to meet him for the first time when he and
his gracious wife, Doris, visited us here in Ireland for the 1st Soden Reunion in June, 2000 in Sligo.
Bob and Doris stayed in Ireland for two weeks and they both toured the country. We would meet
again in Toronto, Canada at a mini reunion in 2005.
This was long enough to get an estimate of the man personally. Bob was a Baptist Christian,
enthusiastic in the practice of his religion. There was no malice or malevolence in Bob, he accepted things with an understanding that they exist and without making unkind remarks. He practised unassumingly his beliefs in a mild-mannered and unostentatious fashion.
Bob was particularly proud of his service in the Armed Air Force both in Europe and Vietnam.
He was enthusiastic about family history, very proud of his parents and brothers and their
achievements. He had a great love also of his home town, Rocky Mountain , North Carolina
and we had many cheerful and informative conversations on the few occasions we met and
many times by phone.
It was our singular good fortune to have gotten to know Bob albeit for a short time and
we are the all the richer for that experience. Both Bob and Doris fulfilled our prejudice of
Southern folk, as being gracious, well-mannered, cheerful and true, fine ambassadors for their states and country.
Requiescat in pace.
4th April , 2020