Christian William (C.W.) Caldwell, 93 of Mexico, died Sunday, July 22, 2018.

C.W. was born on February 14, 1925, in Benton City, Missouri, the son of Frank Caldwell and Mary Elizabeth (Erisman) Caldwell.

He attended school in Benton City and graduated Mexico High School in 1943. During World War II, he served in the Air Force. This began his love of flying.

On October 2, 1948, he married Mary Elizabeth VanNess, the love of his life. They had two daughters, Karen and Susan, and were blessed with one grandchild Amy.

C.W. was a life long farmer, the owner and operator of a century farm in Missouri. He was the president of the Pork Producers from 1964-1970, as well as the president of Audrain County Cattlemen’s Association in the 1960s. For eight years, he served as Director to the National Livestock and Meat Board. In 1968 he became the first president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, to which he was prominently known for throughout his career. C.W.’s role within the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association continued over the years through his involvement with the Foundation and as the treasurer of the Association for a number of years after.

Additional accomplishments within this organization included Cattleman of the Year Award in 1978 and the Pioneer Award in 1992. Most importantly, his extensive years of involvement in this organization led to lifelong friendships that he greatly valued.

C.W. was also involved in many other organizations. He was a past president of the Mexico Rotary Club, served on the board of the Beef Industrial Council, long-term member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and 50+ year member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Much of C.W.’s pastime was spent flying his Mooney Missile 300 and hanging out with the “guys” at the Mexico Airport. He was always thankful for their friendship.

C.W. was a kind, humble, and generous man who was very much loved by his friends and family. His weekend outings to the farm and airport with his sidekick and best friend, Quentin, will be greatly missed.

A private graveside service with military honors was held at East Lawn Memorial Cemetery on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

Memorial donations may be made to the Benton City Cemeteries, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, and the First Presbyterian Church of Mexico.

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