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Ralph A. Caldwell

November 11, 1933 - June 6, 2008

NEW BERLIN – Ralph A. Caldwell Sr., 74, of New Berlin passed away Friday, June 6, 2008, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Pontiac, Mich., the son of Orman and Doris B. Cook Caldwell. He married Jane M. Hansberry on June 23, 1956, in St. Patrick’s Church in Nashua, N.H.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Matthew G. and Richard J. Caldwell; and a brother, Donald Caldwell.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Mary Jane (husband, Russell S.) Ledbetter, Patti (husband, Greg) Irwin and Kathy (husband, Bob) Burton, all of Springfield; a son, Ralph A. (wife, Luann) Caldwell Jr. of Springfield; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Ralph was a resident of New Berlin since 1976. He was the director of foods and nutrition at Memorial Medical Center, retiring after 18 years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in New Berlin. He graduated from Michigan State University. Ralph was in the U.S. Army in Korea where he was in the Army Security Agency. He was formerly employed by the Interstate United Food Service Corp. in Buffalo, N.Y. He was a certified chef and enjoyed entertaining his family and friends. He taught at Western Illinois University and served on the New Berlin emergency medical squad. Ralph was a member of the VFW and the American Motorcycle Club. In his retirement years he toured the U.S. on his Gold Wing with his good friend, Gene Hoffman.

A memorial gathering will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2008, at Staab Funeral Home. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2008, with Father Donald Meehling officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery where Sangamon County Interveterans Burial Detail will conduct military honors.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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