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Wallace C. Caldwell

Posted October 02, 2012 in Ankeny, Obituaries

Wallace C. Caldwell

Wallace C. Caldwell, 94, passed away September 29, 2012, at Wesley Acres in Des Moines.

Funeral Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at Ankeny First United Methodist Church (206 SW Walnut Street). A visitation will be held one hour prior, also at the church.

Wally was born September 9, 1918 to Leona and Harry Caldwell, on the family farm near Britt, Iowa. He attended country grade School and graduated from Britt High School in 1935. Wally received a bachelor and master’s degree from Iowa State University, and his PHD from Cornell University in Ithica, New York. His degrees in physics led to work at the Radiation Lab at M.I.T. developing radar systems, Bendix Corporation manufacturing electron tubes, and Collins Radio Company developing circuit boards. Wally also served as Budget Officer for the Iowa Board of Regents compiling data for decisions on distribution of resources for the State Universities. After retiring, returned to Iowa State University to teach electrical engineering and write a high school physics text book. Several awards were received including being listed in the 2001 Who’s Who in the World.

Personal activities through the years ranged from 4H and Boy Scouts to Kiwanis and other professional groups. Wally was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. He enjoyed skiing and sailing with his family as well as traveling in his later years. Wally was married 47 years to Beth Dawson. After her passing in 1995, he married LaVaune Wood, in 1998, who had been a high school classmate.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Ruth, his wife Beth, his son Greg, a nephew David, and a granddaughter.

He is survived by his wife, LaVaune, a daughter, Linda Gahring, a sister Dorothy (Eric) Jacobsen, daughter-in-law, Phyllis Caldwell, a niece Katherine Young, two nephews, Richard Young and Steve Jacobsen, four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and great-nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be directed to Ankeny First United Methodist Church, Iowa State University Engineering Department, or the Wesley Acres Good Samaritan Fund.

Information provided by:
Memorial Services of Iowa
4208 North Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA 50023

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