Visitation: 3 - 5 PM Sunday afternoon at the Funeral Home.
Service: 1:00 P.M. Monday at the Funeral Home.
Marion L. Caldwell passed away Friday Septembe 30, 2011 at his home. Friends may call after 12 noon Sunday. Burial will be at the Hillcrest Cemetery near Gallatin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gallatin Frist Christian Church, Building Fund in care of the Funeral Home.
Marion was born December 13, 1923 to Leroy (Roy) and Mae (Cox) Caldwell in Gallatin, MO where he was a life long resident. He was a member of the Gallatin High School class of 1941 and started his sales career at the Galpin Parts Store in Gallatin. Marion enlisted in the US Army and served his country for 2 years. After leaving the service he returned back to Gallatin and continued working for Galpins as a salesman traveling all over the area. He later was employed at Moore Motor Company where he sold farm machinery and cars for 15 years. In 1965 Marion became the agent for American Family Insurance Co. in Gallatin where he devoted 26 years of service retiring September 1, 1991; with much pride he turned over his desk and keys to his daughter. However for the next 20 years he was in the office almost daily with no responsibilities, doing what he liked best, seeing people. Marion had a deep appreciation and admiration for his clients and always had their best interest at heart. In 1992 Marion and Jean moved to their home at Lake Viking; a place he dearly loved.
Marion was a member of the First Christian Church in Gallatin. He was a tireless and selfless volunteer who was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce; Marion also served as Alderman for the City of Gallatin for 2 terms. He was a member of the Lions Clubs at Gallatin and Lake Viking, the local Masonic Lodge and the Moila Shrine in St. Joseph, MO. Marion was community minded who was engaged in ongoing growth and focused on the future. In his spare time he loved to collect old cars; and was always looking for that special deal. Marion never met a stranger and had a gift to strike up a conversation with anyone. He always had a smile on his face and his great sense of humor was contagious. Marion was committed to his family and liked nothing better than spending time with them especially his grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who was a person of faith and lived his life serving others. He will be greatly missed.
Marion was preceded in death by his parents and his best friends, Homer and Ruby Whitt.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years Jean of the home, daughter, Sandy Ward and husband Mike of Gallatin, Grandchildren Katie Ward of Kansas City and Andy Ward of Gallatin and a host of friends.