Laurence E. Caldwell, 86, of Main Street, died on Aug. 19, 2013, at St. Luke's Home, New Hartford, where he had been a patient for the past two weeks.
Mr. Caldwell was born on Feb. 15, 1927, in the town of Ohio, a son of the late Earl and Fannie (Roby) Caldwell. He received his education in local country schools and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1945. Laurence served during the end of World War II with the 3614th Quartermaster Truck Company and was honorably discharged in 1946 at the rank of technician fifth grade. On June 1, 1949, he was united in marriage with the former Eunice M. LaComb at St. Anns Church, Hinckley. He was employed for many years in the maintenance department at the former Nichols and Pharmhouse in New Hartford. Eunice preceded him in death on Dec. 26, 2000. Mr. Caldwell was a member of the Kuyahoora Valley Memorial Post No. 1554 VFW, Poland.
Survivors include two sons, Larry (Barbara) Caldwell, of Rome, and Michael (Laura) Caldwell, of Savannah; three daughters, Susan (Albert) Martin, of North Carolina, Janice Day, of Ilion, and Lorraine (David) Caldwell, of Holland Patent; three brothers, Theodore (Patricia) Caldwell, of Cold Brook, Bernard Caldwell, of Rome, and Herbert Caldwell, of Norwich; three sisters, Blanche Anna, of Florida, Anna Dain, of Herkimer, and Rose (Charles) Burns, of Cold Brook; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by five sisters, Mary Jane LaComb, Eunice Remonda, Helen LaComb, Alice Heilig and Barbara Warney; one brother, Dewitt Caldwell; and two grandchildren, Constance and Ryan Caldwell.
A private graveside service will take place at the Ohio Cemetery at the convenience of the family. The Rev. Matthew Ripp, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Newport, will officiate and military honors will be conferred by the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard. There are no calling hours.
Please consider memorials to Spring Farm Cares, 3364 State Route 12, Clinton, NY 13323.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Autenrith Funeral Home, Newport.
Online tributes at www.autenrithfuneral.com.