Johnny L. Caldwell Jr., loving husband, son, dad, brother and papa joined his two sons and other loved ones in Heaven on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. He was 77.
Johnny was born in Stillwater, on Sept. 1, 1940, the son of John L. Caldwell Sr. and Arelena Caldwell. He graduated from Norwin High School in Irwin, Pa. in 1958. He returned to Stillwater after graduation and met the love of his life Barbara Murray and they were married on June 23, 1961, a month after she graduated from high school. They were married at Stillwater First Church of the Nazarene. They celebrated 56 years of marriage last June. In Stillwater he worked for Gold Spot Dairy, Dittmar Electric, Harrison Electric and OTASCO. He was transferred with OTASCO to Altus and then Lawrence, Kan., before settling in Ponca City in 1974. In Ponca City he joined the IBEW Electrical Union and worked for Snyder Electric, Welborn Electric and Shelley Electric. He then worked for Pioneer Technology Center and Smith Tool retiring in 2005.
He loved playing and coaching softball. He was an avid OU Sooners fan and had a huge Coca-Cola collection. He loved working in the yard, taking care of his huge fish pond and making wood crafts for family and friends. Until recently he would go to the library weekly and check out 15 to 20 books and have them all read by the next week. He loved watching women’s and little league softball. He enjoyed working word search puzzles and watching the History Channel and old westerns. He was a member of St. Luke’s Church of the Nazarene.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Jeanne and Neil Gory and Dianna and Travis Jones; daughters-in-law, Shelli Caldwell, of Ponca City, Michelle and Steve Kuchera, of Marland and Christi Caldwell, of Ponca City; his brother, Rocky and Lynn Caldwell, all of Ponca City and sister, Linda and Bill Stokes, of Freeport, Pa. He had 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his sons, John Caldwell III and Chris Caldwell; his parents and sisters, Lois Obusek and Lodene Wagner.
Casket bearers will be his grandsons, Matthew Caldwell, Andrew Caldwell, Stephen Gory, Blake Gory, Michael Caldwell and Dodger Monks. Honorary casket bearers are his granddaughters, Kayla Ewing, Kelsey Kolber, Courtney Caldwell, Ali Caldwell, Brooklyn Monks and Sabrina Wiley.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at St. Luke’s Church of the Nazarene with David Frees, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, March 31 from 12-5 p.m., Sunday, April 1 from 3-8 p.m. and Monday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The family will be at 2135 Garden Street to receive visitors.