James L. Caldwell

 

James L. Caldwell

 

James L. Caldwell, 93, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 4, 2014. He was reunited with his wife, June Louise Caldwell, who was the love of his life, sharing 61 years of marriage and also with his eldest son, James T. Caldwell. He will be lovingly remembered by his son, Jay (Mary) Caldwell, daughter-in-law Gina (Bill) Keough, his four grandchildren who brought him such joy – Lindsey (Ryan) Kerstetter, Jon (Dana) Caldwell, Chase Caldwell, Breanne (Bryan) Wilkinson, and his three great-grandchildren, Lucy and James Kerstetter, and Annalisa Wilkinson who filled his last years with smiles and laughter.

 

James (Jim) was born on Oct. 6, 1920 to James W. and Ruby (Richardson) Caldwell, and lived his entire life in the Benton Harbor-Stevensville, MI area. He spent his youth on the farm, and graduated from Benton Harbor High School. He proudly served as a Lieutenant in WWII, then returned home to marry his high school sweetheart and attended Michigan State University where he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. He worked for the MI Dept. of Corrections for 36 years starting as an adult probation agent and rose to the level of Area Manager, mentoring many people that he was associated with. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist church in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, serving on numerous boards and living as a man of God and faithful servant. Throughout his life, he demonstrated integrity and a positive attitude in every stage, which inspired and touched those around him. He was an incredible example of a loving husband, father and grandfather and was forever devoted to impacting their lives in many wonderful ways. He invested in friendships, lived a healthy lifestyle into his 90’s, was a devoted caregiver to his wife and found fulfillment in every decade. His life was enriched by many friendships going back to school days, golf groups, bridge club and church activities. He enjoyed every aspect of life fully, especially outdoor activities – riding horses, hunting, fishing, racquetball, golf and travelling together with his wife and friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 2950 Lakeview Ave., St. Joseph, MI, on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, 2:00 PM. Visitation with the family will be from 12:30pm till 2:00pm at the church on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice At Home or to the Leukemia Lymphoma Organization. Friends wishing to leave the family a message of condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com




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