Jessie E. Caldwell

January 27, 1930January 1, 2014

Jessie E. Caldwell, 83, of Caseyville, Illinois, born January 27, 1930 in Puxico, Missouri, died Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Illinois.

Mr. Caldwell was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was an active member of the Maryville Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon. Jessie enjoyed woodworking and fishing. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great great grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Overton and Orphia, nee Carter, Caldwell, a great granddaughter, Hope Lange, two brothers; Grover and Delmar Caldwell, two sisters; Audrey Stuart and Nevada Caldwell who died in infancy.

Surviving is wife, Helen Caldwell, nee Julius, a son, Vaughn (Linda) Caldwell, a daughter, Tonja Rettinghouse, four grandchildren; Tina (Jayson Wilkins) Bailey, Stephanie (Arthur Lange) Eckmann, Jennifer (Alex Webb) Caldwell, and Ashley (Timothy) Lawrence, great grandchildren; Blaine, Bailey, and Kaleb French, Alayna Lange, and Lathan Lawrence, a great grandchild, Aiden and one on the way, a brother, Naman Caldwell, his twin sister, Maxine Choat, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Memorials are appreciated to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Memories and expressions of condolences may be made at

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm, Friday, January 3, 2014 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 am, Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Illinois.


  • Visitation Friday, January 3, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 4, 2014

Jessie E. Caldwell

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Carol Ferrero

January 7, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Caldwell family. Gene was a big part of our softball family - in the day. He was the only one that we all called grandpa.

January 5, 2014

Suzie Baker

Diane and Bill French

January 4, 2014

Gene was such a wonderful neighbor to my mom and aunt. He will be missed.

shellie & don penn

January 3, 2014

I have not met a nicer man who my children looked too as a 'grandpa'. We love u all like family!

Paula Mullins

January 3, 2014

Caldwell family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a great man. He willed be missed. RIP Grandpa Caldwell

Paul & Alicen Ragsdale

January 3, 2014

Love you Uncle Gene we will never forget your laugh or your uplifting spirit ~