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Robert Jarden



Robert Jarden of Okawville, IL departed this life in Okawville on Sunday, March 27, 2022. He had attained the age of 38 years 6 months and 7 days.

Robert was born in the Washington County Hospital at Nashville, IL on September 20, 1983, the son of Lewis and Debra (nee Hart) Jarden.  He was united in marriage to Natasha Tooley on July 3, 2004, and she survives his passing.

Robert was a 2002 graduate from Okawville High School. After graduation, Rob enlisted in the United States Army where he served for 14 years and obtained the highest rank of E7 (Sergeant First Class). During his time in the Army, he served in the infantry and did 3 combat tours in Iraq, 1 combat tour in Afghanistan, 1 tour in South Korea, as well as numerous trainings and deployments across the country to West Point, Fort Polk, Fort Irwin, Bowling Green, and numerous more.  During his time in the infantry, Robert obtained many high honors recognitions, and medals including the Bronze Star, 5 Army Accommodation medals, 6 army achievement medals, 4 Good Conduct Army medals, 3 NCO Professional development medals plus many more.  Robert also was qualified in Pathfinder, Air Assault, an expert rifleman, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge. He was also made a distinguished member of the 502nd due to his dedication and service to the brigade. Robert held many different positions in his military career including leaderships roles as a team leader, squad leader, platoon leader, and a representative for SHARP and EO. Robert also served as a Drill sergeant for 3 years at Fort Leonard Wood and was held in high honors for restructuring the basic riflemen’s classes as well as being awarded drill sergeant of the cycle. After departing the army in 2016, he became a Correctional Officer at Pinckneyville Correctional Center where he became a great mentor and friend to all he worked with.

Robert truly was an amazing person and touched so many lives. He was a dedicated husband, father, friend, and mentor to all. Though he had a quiet demeanor, he also had a funny side where he would play practical jokes and find a way to get a laugh out of people. Rob was compassionate, motivated, and a great listener. Robert had an amazing wit about him and always enjoyed a challenge of debate. He enjoyed reading, philosophy and was an exceptional writer. He expressed his feelings through words and his writings will forever be cherished. Robert was an advocate for mental health and had a passion to go into Social Work to help Veterans with the same struggles that he faced. Rob made a boundless impact on many people’s lives, and the world is a gloomier place without his presence. His memory will live on in all his outstanding accomplishments. 

Left to mourn his passing is his wife Natasha Jarden and their kids Alexis, Anya, and Addilyn; his parents, Lewis and Debra Jarden; mother-in-law, Roberta Bening; father-in-law, Steven Tooley and wife Ana; two half-sisters, Stephanie Hancock and husband Bill, and Melissa Holly and special friend Enrique, half-brother Doug Jarden and wife Brenda; three brothers-in-law, Steven Tooley and wife Erin, Nathaniel Tooley and William Bening; two sisters-in-law, Emily Bening and fiancé Derek and Savannah Tooley; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, as well as a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca Taylor; father-in-law, David Bening; maternal grandparents, Dale and Wilma Hart; and paternal grandparents, Lewis and Marie Jarden

Funeral Services will be held from the Olive Branch Lutheran Church in Okawville on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 11 A.M. with Pastor Roger Drinnon officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at the church cemetery.

Friends may call at Campagna Funeral Home in Okawville on Friday from 5 P.M. until 8 P.M. and at the church on Saturday from 9:30 A.M. until the service hour.

In lieu of flowers, memorial can be made to an education fund that will be established for the benefit of his children, or to T.A.P.S. (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) and will be accepted by the Campagna Funeral Home.

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