Robert Riley Caldwell Sr.

COLUMBIA — Robert Riley Caldwell Sr. of Columbia died Friday, June 24, 2011, at Truman Veterans Hospital. He was 97.

Mr. Caldwell was born Oct. 8, 1913, in Lakenan to William and Rose Anna Riley-Caldwell.

He served in the Army and was stationed in Italy during World War II.

In 1939, Mr. Caldwell married Irene Garner, with whom he had three children. He enjoyed playing with his many grandchildren.

Mr. Caldwell’s favorite pastimes included hunting, fishing and watching Cardinals baseball. He also enjoyed gardening and working in his yard.

Mr. Caldwell is survived by one son, Robert R. Caldwell II of Columbia; one daughter, Barbara Coffman of Merriam, Kan.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

His wife, Irene Garner, and daughter, Beverly Underhill, died earlier.

Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Monroe City. Services will follow at 10 a.m.

Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society.

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