Earl K. Caldwell, 84, of 10 Nona St., Buckhannon, passed away peacefully at 4:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in the care of St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon following an extended illness.
Earl was born Aug. 1, 1928, the son of John and Amie Elizabeth Howderstelt in Rosemont. He was adopted and raised by the late Howard and Nellie Bailey Caldwell.
He was preceded in death by his lovely wife, the former Dorthea Smith, who died in 1991.
Surviving are his half brother, John McKinney of Durham, N.C.; two nieces, and a nephew; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. He is also survived by a dear friend, Barbara Benson of Buckhannon, who provided valued support and encouragement during his illness.
Mr. Caldwell worked as a professional sales representative for several different companies during his lifetime.
In addition to being Christian by faith, he was an honored veteran of the Korean War, serving with the United States Air Force.
He was a member of the Yates Masonic Lodge 163 AF & AM and a dedicated member of DeMolay International, where he received an Achievement Award for his work in mentoring youth by helping them develop their civic awareness, personal responsibility and leadership skills, to meet the many challenges of society today.
At Mr. Caldwell's request, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in West Virginia National Cemetery in Grafton with full military honors.
Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the Caldwell family. Online condolences can be made at www.patboylefuneralhome.com.