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Gary O. Caldwell, 74, of Ottumwa, died at 3:25 p.m. November 13, 2017 at Hospice House in Ottumwa.
He was born March 20, 1943 in Ottumwa to Lee and Helen Benedict Caldwell.
Gary worked at John Deere Ottumwa Works, retiring in 1986.
A resident of Ottumwa most of his life, he had been very involved with CB radios at a younger age and was known as "Van Man".
Surviving is a special friend, Denise Clark; his children, Gary L. (Kelly) Caldwell of Newton, Douglas L. (Tammy) Caldwell of Ottumwa, Todd (Jewels) Caldwell of Ottumwa and Carrie (Aaron) Chadwick of Colfax; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lee Ann Caldwell of Austin, TX and Carrie (Jeff) Clark of Niles, MI.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Caldwell and Helen Teeter; a granddaughter, Lisa Marie Caldwell; a great-granddaughter, Zoey; three sisters, Janet Cole, Lois Williams and infant Linda Kay Caldwell; and a brother, Robert Caldwell.
His body has been cremated. No services are planned at this time.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Reece Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Published on November 16, 2017
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