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Roscoe Caldwell (1928-2012) Obituary

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Roscoe Caldwell (1928-2012) Obituary

Posted: 4 Dec 2012 12:56PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Caldwell, Sparks, Hickman, Danner, Passey
News-Examiner,Monday, December 3, 2012

Roscoe Caldwell, 83, of Ovid, Idaho passed away Dec. 2, 2012, in Montpelier, after a short illness. Roscoe was born in Soda Springs on Dec. 26, 1928 to Rayo Grover and Chlotele Sparks Caldwell. When his parents divorced he was raised from a young age by his stepfather Ben O. Kelsey.

He attended school in Paris, graduating from High School in 1947. He went to Oregon and Washington looking for work. Then he got hungry and went into the Air Force from 1947 to 1950. He joined the reserves and when the Korean War broke out he was called back to active duty.

While in the army he met and married his buddy’s sister Nancy Hickman. He moved back to Idaho where he ranched, ran the Wycoff truck at night and purchased a grocery store in Paris. To this union were born 6 children, Stephen (Katy) of Stanford, Montana, Gregory of Roy, Utah, Richard (Nancy) of Alturus, Calif., Becky (Kent) Parker of Houston, Texas Todd of Corrine, Utah, and Dewyn (Tracy) of Fredricksburg, Texas.

They later divorced. He then was the supervisor for the 7-11 stores in the state of Idaho. He came back to Paris and went to work at Beker Industries in Soda Springs and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife for 39 years.

He married Neta Joan Danner and one son was born to this union, J.R. Caldwell of Valley View, Texas. She died in 1977.
In 1977 he married Dora Lee Passey Smith, his high school sweetheart and the love of his life and she raised J.R. as her own. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple on August 8, 2009. He was a High Priest in the LDS Church.

He spent his spare time breaking horses for both himself and other people. He had chariot horses and racing horses. He raced tracks in Idaho, Wyo., Utah, NM and Ariz.. For 13 years he went to Turf Paradise in Phoenix to race both his own and other peoples’ horses during the winter months. He retired in 2006.

He has four step-children, DeAnn (Ernie) Nichols of Bonanza, Ore., Jan (Eldon) Robinson of Laketown, Utah, Rick (Rhonda) Smith, of Montpelier, Patsy (Gene) Boehme of Geneva. He has 39 grandchildren and 53 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters Beth Swenson of Logan, Rosann (Dale) Nealis of Idaho Falls and four brothers, Darwin Caldwell of Phoenix, Larry, Robert and James Kelsey of Paris. He was preceded in death by his parents and two infant great-grandchildren, Heidi Caldwell and Patsy Lee Boehme.

Funeral Services will be Friday, Dec. 7 at noon in the Liberty LDS Church. A viewing will be held Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Matthews Mortuary (702 Clay Street, Montpelier) and from 10 to 11:45 a.m. at the LDS Liberty Church.

Internment will be at the Ovid Cementary.

This entry was posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2012

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