Duane Caldwell

Duane Eugene Caldwell, 89, Owensville, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at Frene Valley Healthcare of Owensville.

He was born Sept. 17, 1928, to Hiram “Mack” and Ollie (McKane) Caldwell, in Washington.

He was united in marriage to Betty Lee Collier, Aug. 21, 1953, at Mountain View, Calif.

Duane had served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.  He was the Deputy Sheriff  for Gasconade County from 1957-1958; Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal from 1959-1979; graduated from the FBI National Academy June 20, 1974; and served eight years as Owensville Chief of Police. He, along with others, was awarded a medallion by Attorney General, John Ashcroft, during a ceremony in Washington D.C. July 15, 2003, for his service during the integration of the University of Mississippi in 1962. The tribute to them reads in part: This symposium and ceremony commemorates the extraordinary efforts of the brave Americans who defended Mr. James Meredith’s educational choice on the night of the riots. The professionalism and courage of the U.S. Marshals, conducted in the face of mass violence, will never be forgotten.

He was a life long member of First Baptist Church in Owensville, a member of Gasconade County Historical Society, New Salem Cemetery Association, Owensville Gun Club, Owensville Alumni Association, Owensville Lions Club, Owensville VFW and Owensville Threshers Association for 46 years.

He was preceded in death by parents, Hiram “Mack” and Ollie; and wife, Betty.

He is survived by daughters, Beth Walker and husband Steve and Nancy Caldwell, all of Owensville; grandchildren, Joshua Caldwell and Allison Walker, both of Owensville, and Megan Walker of Jefferson City.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 30, at Gottenstroeter Chapel with Pastor Stephanie DeLong and Pastor Kevin Sullivan officiating.  Burial was in Owensville City Cemetery with full military honors.

Arrangements entrusted to Gottenstroeter Funeral Home, Owensville.

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