James Louis Caldwell, 78

April 01, 2017

Retired USAF MSgt James Louis Caldwell, 78, of Lancaster passed away after a long courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at home. He was the husband of Bernadette “Bonnie” (Friel) Caldwell to whom he was married for 34 years.
Born in Bolivar, PA he was a son of the late Charles and Helen (Durand) Stover and was adopted and raised by his parents the late John and Ruth Caldwell. Jim graduated with his bachelor’s degree in education from Clarion University and taught leadership school for several years at Cannon AFB in New Mexico and served during the Vietnam War and retired with the rank of MSgt from the US Air Force in 1977. He was an avid reader, big game hunter, was very intelligent and loved children. Jim was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and built his log home where they lived for 18 years in Crawford County, PA. He was a Phillies fan and a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 3rd degree Knights of Columbus #867 Lancaster, Big Brothers and served on the board of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
Surviving in addition to his wife Bonnie are three children Juli Bovard (Paul), Jamie Romine (Tom), Kelly Scott Caldwell; three step-children Gary Millay (Michelle), Leslie Bosick, Jeffrey Millay (Shannon); nine grandchildren James Geibel, Jessica Bovard, Andrew Millay, Jackie Bosick, Sarah & Spencer Millay, Whitni Henry, Laci Romine and Tawni Mitchell; seven great-grandchildren; one brother Robert Caldwell (Gwen); three sister-in-law’s Loretta Caldwell, Geri Kendro (Nick) and Rita Lee (Ron) and several special nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by a brother Richard Caldwell.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:30AM from St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 601 E. Delp Rd. Lancaster, PA 17601 with Fr. Daniel Powell as celebrant. Interment will be held privately. A closed casket visitation will be held from 8:30AM until the time of his mass at the church. Following his funeral mass at the church military honors will be rendered by the Red Rose Honor Guard and Vet 21 Salute.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Dr. P.O. Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604 in his memory.
Jim’s family would like to thank the staff from Hospice & Community Care for the wonderful care Jim received these past 6 months along with the staff from St. John Neumann for their support as well. Jim enjoyed all the staff that visited him.

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April 07, 2017

Dear Bonnie,
My sincere condolences for the loss of your husband.  May the memories and love of friends, family and God sustain you during this difficult time of loss.
Love,   Judy Zimmerman 

April 05, 2017

Sorry for your loss. Jim was a good friend. May he rest in peace.Echo Military Taps  
Robert Bishop, Clarion, PA

April 04, 2017

Grandpa you will forever be in my thoughts and prayers. I remember all the good times I had coming to see you and grandma Bonnie. I remember watching sci-fi movies with you and the jokes you had.  I will forever miss the highlighting and underlining you would do in cards you sent. The world lost a great husband,  father and grandfather. I will never forgot all you have done and things you taught me and I will pass them on to my son.  I love you grandpa.
James Geibel 

April 04, 2017

With heartfelt condolences to the family during this difficult time. May you draw strength and comfort from”the God of all comfort”to help cope with your loss.(2Corinthians 1:3,4)

April 04, 2017

My hero. My dad. I was always special because of you… always felt special because of you.
The longest, best, most  influential  love in my life. You taught me what a man was.  
My life is dark. My soul heavy..

April 04, 2017

Bonnie & Family – My sincerest condolences to the family.  Jim was so kind and was so pleasant to talk to when I had the opportunity to talk on the phone or in your home.  He loved you so, Bonnie,  and you have just been wonderful for him in the last few months.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and I will see you soon.  –  Love, Deb Burcin

April 04, 2017

Dad, you were a light in a dark world and the best father anyone could ask for. You had the gift of making those around you feel special and you touched so many lives. You were a wonderful father, husband and grandfather and you will be sorely missed. I love you Buddy-pal.

April 04, 2017

When I think about this man, I think about all of the wonderful cards and letters I received every year. I remember how when we were younger he’d send us BK bucks for little holidays. I remember the letter he wrote me when I graduated basic training and how extremely proud he was of me for serving our country. I remember the card he sent when I graduated college and how so very proud he was of me. The card he sent when I had Kash, the kind words he shared when I married my best friend… as well as the countless others he sent every birthday and Christmas.. he never missed a birthday and I’m nearly 30 years old .. these are the wonderful memories that are flowing through my heart. The visit we had when he came to Texas was so wonderful I remember it like it was yesterday. It’s hard not to cry when someone you love has been called home to heaven, but he isn’t truly gone and will never be forgotten❤️️ his memories live on and he is now everywhere ❤️️ my children and my children’s children will know what a wonderful man their great grandpere was and I know he will continue to watch over all of us from his throne in heaven ❤️️❤️️
Love forever and always your granddaughter 
Whitni Henry ❤️️

April 04, 2017

Jim’s passing comes with deep sadness for many souls he touched throughout his life. He will truly be missed by many across the globe. May God’s love give our family’s strength as we grieve his passing, for we all know now, he is in the forever loving arm of the Father free of pain and suffering … R.I.H.

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Lancaster, PA
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