James Russell Caldwell
James (Jim) Russell Caldwell, 72, Brandon, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls after a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis with his family surrounding him.
Family Visitation will be 5-7pm, Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Celebration United Methodist Church, 500 Pasque Flower Tr., Brandon. Funeral Services will be 11am, Monday, July 13, also at Celebration UMC with Full Military Rites.
James (Jim) Russell Caldwell, son of Patrick and Audrey (McCloud) Caldwell, was born April 22, 1943 in Mt. Lake, MN. Jim attended and graduated from Windom High School in 1961. While in his Senior year, Jim went to auctioneer school and enjoyed auctioning for church desert fundraisers and the Southeast South Dakota Horse Show Association. Jim entered the US Navy in 1962 and was released in June 1966. On October 1, 1966, he married Luinea Busch in Windom. The couple farmed for a period of time before he found his interest in computers. Jim attended a tech school and became a System’s Analyst for Citibank in Sioux Falls. Jim retired after 19 years of service.
Jim was named to the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1979. He served as a US JC Senator and Ambassador. While living a short while in Oklahoma, Jim worked with and led a group of Scouts. Jim enjoyed being an announcer for many horse shows, Spirit of the West, and Brandon Valley Vintage Power events. Fishing trips and “Plinkers” were also favorite pastimes. With the help of his sons, Shane and Darin, Jim restored to International Harvester tractors. He also was involved in the Vets to Vets program of America. Jim, most of all, enjoyed spending time with his family and especially, his grandchildren. (Bring on the popcorn)
Jim was actively involved in his church at Celebration United Methodist, Brandon. As a Founding Member, Jim moved most of the dirt to begin the building process. He later became known at the Sidewalk Superintendent and then served as a Church Trustee.
Jim will be deeply missed by his wife of 48 years, Luinea; three children, Shane Caldwell, Brandon, Darin (Kelly) Caldwell, Gillette, WY and Regina (fiancé Wade Hiller) Geringer, Brandon; seven grandchildren, Cody and RaeLee Caldwell, Gillette, WY, McKenna, Maesa and Montana Geringer, Brandon, and Zane and Alexis Hiller, Luverne, MN; three siblings, Bruce (Bonnie) Caldwell, Windom, MN, Jean (Bob) Becker, Kosota, MN and Barb Pieper, Mankato, MN; and many nieces and nephews.
Jim was greeted at Heaven’s gates by his parents, Pat and Audrey.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that new toy tractors be donated to the Marine Corp.’s Toys for Tots in Jim’s memory. Tractors may be brought to the church or Heartland Funeral Home.