David Melvin Caldwell, born November 11, 1946, passed away peacefully, November 25, 2018, surrounded by family. David lived in Topeka, KS with his loving wife of 23 years, Christy Ann (Young) Caldwell. David’s children from his previous marriage are Albert and wife Shannon (Grice) Caldwell, Jane and husband Thomas Leger, Jr. and David’s youngest son, David Grant. The children’s mother is Lynda (Croucher) Caldwell.
David and Christy are blessed with individual thinkers for grandchildren. Albert has 2 step-children, Laura and Caitlin (husband Gabriel Manuel) who came into Al’s life while previously married to Beverly Davis. Albert’s family grew with the birth of Jarreth, Chelsea and Hope. Albert’s marriage to Shannon added another stepchild, Karen Bailey.
Jane’s children are Sarah, Ashley, Drake and Emily. David and Christy also enjoy really active great-grandchildren, Ashley and husband Jamie Barrett’s children are: Rhyleigh, Harleigh and Jaymeigh. Sarah and husband Gordon Smith, III are expecting a daughter in March and Emily is expecting a daughter in February.
David is survived by his sisters Lisa Stewart and Sara Porter. Lisa and husband Eric reside in Huron, Ohio. They recently celebrated David’s 72nd birthday in Topeka. David had a boost of energy from their time with him. It was happy and joyful with memories shared. For David’s birthday, daughter Jane made his favorite cake, German Chocolate and he enjoyed his favorite Gooseberry pie too.
His sister Sara resides in Knox, PA. David’s life has been filled with love for his nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. David grew up in Clarion, PA with guidance from his loving mother Charlotte and father Melvin. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University.
David retired from Kansas Health & Environment. His previous careers were as Boy Scout professional and working for Osmose Co. David served his country as Specialist 5 in the U.S. Army primarily in Berlin, Germany. He joined in 1967 during the Vietnam War and was Honorably Discharged in 1971.
David and Christy met late in life, their love for each other endured good and challenging times. They enjoyed traveling to visit family and exploring quaint towns and interesting places. David rarely missed investigating local or national museums. He was a wiz at following maps, not a skill Christy shared.
He loved grilling with family in the backyard. He worked hard at keeping his yard manicured and enjoyed gardening which he missed his last few years. Jane took over growing tomatoes and cucumbers in his backyard for him.
David was a regular guy, he loved and was proud of his family. He always wanted the best for his children and grandchildren’s future. Upon his death David donated organs so others may have a better life. This regular guy will be greatly missed by his wife and family, but he will live on in others and forever in the hearts of his family.
There will be a family celebration of David’s life in the spring.