Michael “Mike” W. Carden, age 63, passed away on Monday December 21, 2020, at Freeman Hospital, following a sudden Covid-19 illness.
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Mike was born on October 1, 1957 in Joplin, the son of Donald and Louise (Martin) Carden. He has been a lifetime area resident. In 1975 he graduated from Memorial High School. He married Cynthia (Cindy) Terry on August 4, 1979 in Joplin. Together they were blessed with two sons. He worked as a truck driver for Nutra Blend he was recognized for driving a million miles accident free. In 1999, he was honored to receive both Driver of the Month and Driver of the Year from Ryder. He also owned and operated Carden’s Wrecker Service from 1986 to 1998. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Neosho, MO. He enjoyed working with his tractor, and he was a car enthusiast. He was an attentive and well loved papa, always ready to give tractor rides, play a mean game of marbles, or snuggle on the couch.
Mike is survived by his wife, Cindy Carden, Neosho, MO; two sons, Adam Carden and wife Emily, Joplin, and Kyle Carden and wife Priscilla, Neosho, MO; his parents, Don and Louise Carden, Joplin, MO; three brothers, Greg Carden, Joplin, Bryan Carden and wife Kami, Holly Ridge, NC, and Darren Carden, Joplin; and five grandchildren, Tatum, Hayden, Bronson, Jaxon, and Lilliana Grace (who is arriving in April).
Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Mason-Woodard Chapel. Reverend Terry Swagerty will officiate. The visitation will be 2-3:00 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service. There will be a private family burial on Monday at Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to Gideon Bibles International or The Red Cross in care of the Mason-Woodard.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.