OBITUARY - RONALD LEE CALDWELL
Ronald Lee CALDWELL was born on December 17, 1936 to Burr and Bernice CALDWELL formerly of Mt. Ayr, Ia. He was the last
of ten children. Ron spent his early years in the Mt. Ayr and Redding areas. In his early twenties Ron served in the Army
for nearly three years where he attained the rank of Sgt. in the Signal Corp.
In December 1959 Ron married Mary Judith SEAT. To that union three children were welcomed, JuLee, Monica, and Troy.
Judy passed away in 1969.
Ron married Maryann CAVIN and the three older children welcomed their sister, Tawnia. Ron and Maryann later divorced but
Ron and Sharon JONES were married in 1982, and the last two of his six children, Melissa and Eric were born.
In 1999 he met and married Diane RUMLEY with whom he spent 6 years. In November of 2005 Diane lost a courageous battle
with cancer and Ron was widowed again.
Ron spent his life as a skilled carpenter working in southern Iowa and northern Missouri until 2001 when a fall from a
roof forced him to retire due to injuries sustained.
Ron loved life! His passion was playing bass guitar in a country band with his brother Jack.
Later in life Ronís focal point became religion. He accepted the lord early in his life, but later became more focused on
making sure others had also accepted Christ as their Savior.
Ron departed this life on March 8, 2009, at Bright Kavanaugh House in Des Moines, Iowa.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents Burr and Bernice CALDWELL and siblings: Rex, Lyle, Jack, Janis Ruth, Maxine,
Rowena, and Helen.
He is survived by his children: JuLee CALDWELL, Monica PETERSON, Troy (Kimberlee) CALDWELL, Tawnia CALDWELL, Melissa
ENGLAND, and Eric CALDWELL. Grandchildren: Mindy Stuart, Jenni HILL, Joshua JOHNSON, Keaton ENGLAND, and Kurtis CALDWELL.
Great-grandchildren: Braxton, Tegan, and COOPER. Sisters Evalyn KNAPP and Ruby (Ken) SCHOONOVER, sister-in-law, Rebecca
CALDWELL, brother-in-law, Burl STULL, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, March 12, at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 205. W. Monroe St., Mount Ayr. The Rev.
Barton SHIELDS will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr. Open visitation will be 10 a.m. to 8
p.m. Wednesday, with the family present 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established in his name.
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