IN MEMORIAM: The Rev. Gary E. Caldwell '60


The Rev. Gary E. Caldwell, Class of 1960, died April 22, 2014 at Arbor Court in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa at the age of 82. The Requiem Holy Eucharist was celebrated  on May 6 at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Mt. Pleasant. The Rt. Rev. Alan Scarfe, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Iowa and the Rev. Carl D. Mann, Rector, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Spirit Lake, IA, concelebrated the Mass. Interment followed the Mass at the columbarium of St. Michael’s Church with military honors conducted by the Henry County Honor Guard.

Gary Edward Caldwell was born May 4, 1931 in Mt. Pleasant. He was the son of Edward Paschal and Macil (nee Kinney) Caldwell. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1949. Caldwell enrolled at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant where he was conferred with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and English in 1953. Following his college graduation, Caldwell was called to the service of his country. He entered the United States Army on July 17, 1953 from Ft. Des Moines, IA.  He served as a Postal Clerk in the 28th Army Base Post Office in Germany. He was honorably discharged as a Private First Class on June 3, 1955 at Ft. Sheridan, IL., and remained as an Army Reservist for 8 years. Following his discharge, Caldwell worked as a Surveyor for Henry County. He matriculated to General in 1957, and was ordained as a priest of the Episcopal Church at St. Michael’s Church in Mt. Pleasant.

For many years, Caldwell was a missionary priest of the Episcopal Church in the West Indies. He returned to Mt. Pleasant after many years of service in the West Indies. He then operated the print shop at Iowa Wesleyan College.  He also served as a supply priest for the dioceses of Iowa and Quincy, Illinois.

Caldwell was well known for his meticulous detail in his many eclectic interests. He spoke fluent German and Spanish. While in the Army in Germany, he translated the Book of Common Prayer into the Icelandic language. When there was no organist at the churches in Iowa and Illinois at which he was a supply priest, he would serve as the celebrant and the organist. He owned a vast collection of books and was a voracious reader, being able to understand several languages.

His parents and a brother, Alan Caldwell, precede Caldwell in death. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Diane Caldwell of Mt. Pleasant; 2 nephews – Ed Caldwell and his wife Barb of Toledo, OH and Scott Caldwell of Plano, TX and 5 great nieces and nephews – Kirsten, Logan, Luke, Lauren and Weston Caldwell.