Loran “Red” Caldwell Sr.

Feb. 21, 1916-Jan. 7, 2002

KAMELA — Loran “Red” Caldwell Sr., died Monday, Jan. 7, at his son’s home in Kamela at the age of 85.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, at the Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Disposition will be by cremation.

He was born on Feb. 21, 1916 in Umatilla to Carl and Nellie Hatfield Caldwell. He worked for the railroad for 12 years, then went to work in construction as a driller and powderman for Laborer’s Local No. 121, until he retired.

He married his wife, Irene, on April 6, 1940, in Weiser, Idaho. He loved hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his son, Loran Caldwell Jr., of Kamela; stepson George Johnson of Meacham; daughters, Etheline Baker of Benton City, Wash., Rosetta Medlock of Bakersfiled, Calif., and Coleen Pope of Santee, Calif.; longtime companion Eva Butts of Hermiston; sisters Martha Bell Shockman, Ardis Carter and Alma “Jeanne” Beebe, all of Hermiston, Agnes Ayers of Republic, Wash.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Caldwell; brothers, Myrnie “Tiny” Caldwell and Morris “Bus” Caldwell; and sisters, Loree Woodward and Vale Parsons.

Memorials may be made to the Pendleton Hospice or to the American Cancer Society.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.

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