1944 - 2014
Mike Caldwell, 69, formerly of Iowa Park, of Lohn passed away Thursday, Sept. 18, in Abilene.
Services were held at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel Sunday in Brady with Butch Vestal, a longtime friend, officiating.
Mike grew up in Iowa Park, and after graduation he attended college on a football scholarship. After leaving his football career, he became a cowboy. He spent much of his younger life learning the cowboy trade of riding, roping, and working cattle. In the 1970’s he worked on some of the most famous and largest ranches in Texas. In 1986 he and his wife, Charlotte settled at the Sample Cattle Company in Lohn, where they spent 28 years.
He was a pillar of the Lohn Valley community and McCulloch County. He was a longtime member of the Lohn ISD School Board. He was a member of the NCHA, and RCHA and he received numerous cutting horse awards, which included cutting horse championships, which he earned riding horses that he raised and trained. He enjoyed spending time doing numerous hobbies including painting, arrowhead napping, spur making, and keeping in touch with his friends.
He also enjoyed spending time with his family and horses, ranching, and spending time on his ranch near Abilene.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Caldwell and Ruby Good.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte of Lohn; a son, Michael of Abilene; a daughter, Melissa Gallimore of San Antonio; a sister, Essie Johnson of Iowa Park; a half-sister, Martha Davis; and five grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers included: James Whitaker, Ed Anderson, Dennis Mitchell, Grant Jones, Phil Johnson, Ken Johnson, Bear Waters, Eldon Ward, and Don Sample.
The family suggest memorials be made to Lohn Valley Improvement Association or Lohn Volunteer Fire Department.