G. Merl Caldwell 1925 - 2012 Hutchinson
G. Merl Caldwell, 87, of Hutchinson, died Apr. 3, 2012 at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. Merl was born Mar. 4, 1925 in Hutchinson, the son of Lester & Florence Smith Caldwell. A life long Hutchinson resident, he was a 1942 graduate of Hutchinson High School, attended Hutchinson Junior College, and after his military service, attended the University of Kansas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, as he was a pilot of C-47 Skytrains during WWII. Merl was a member of First United Methodist Church, and the Double Circle Sunday school class of the church. Merl owned & operated Caldwell Greenhouse, along with his brother.
Merl married Jo Freeto on Nov. 18, 1945 in Hutchinson. She survives. Other survivors include 2 sons: Richard Caldwell and wife Cindy, Lawrence, John Caldwell and wife Lucy, Queens, New York; 3 daughters, Jan Higgins and husband Dan, Leawood, Kathy Walker, Hutchinson, and Nancy Corkins and husband Bob, Lawrence; a brother, Don Caldwell and wife Frances, Hutchinson; 12 grandchildren, Kip Higgins, Corey Higgins, Ashley Caldwell, Emily Caldwell, Sarah Caldwell, Hannah Caldwell, Jennie Marsh, Ben Walker, Kristen Kunze, Nathan Walker, Jon Corkins, and Sam Corkins; and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, June Caldwell.
Cremation has taken place.
Memorial service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Apr. 7, 2012 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mark Conard presiding. Inurnment will be in Fairlawn Burial Park. Military graveside services will be provided by the U.S. Army Honor Guard. A register book may be signed Thursday and Friday, 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. at Elliott Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, or Hutchinson Public Library, sent in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, Ks. 67501. Friends may visit www.elliottmortuary.com to leave the family a condolence.