Kenneth L. Caldwell, 91, Chanute, died Thursday, June 19, 2008, at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 15, 1917, in Chanute to Edward L. and Grace M. Kustanbauter Caldwell. He graduated from Chanute High School in 1935. He also graduated from the University of Kansas.
He married Ruth M. Manley on Oct. 26, 1940, in Lexington, Mo. She survives.
He was employed as sales manager for Manley Transfer Co. He was the founder of Tolle Manufacturing, Chanute, and was associated with Hausel-Miller Co. in Cherryvale.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church; the American Legion; Rotary; The Elks; Cedar Lodge 103; Mirza Shrine; Scottish Rite and Thayer Lodge 149.
He was president of the Chamber of Commerce Industrial Committee in the 1960s; a president of S.E.K. Mid-America Inc.; Southeast District Governor for Rotary; a 33rd Degree Mason; and was the president of the Kansas Masonic Home for nine years.
Other survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Sue and Jarold Henry, Chanute, and Ruthann and Ted Boatwright, Wamego; grandchildren, Mike Henry and his wife Stephanie, Chanute, Mindy Henry McReynolds and her husband Doug, Parsons, Denver, Chelsea, Brook and Sasha Boatwright; and three great-grandchildren, Jacob and Michelle McReynolds and Ethan Henry.
He was preceded in death by his parents; twin sons, Ed and Fred; a brother, Ed Caldwell Jr.; and three sisters, Helen B. Frederick, Wilma M. Stowell and Hazel E. Rush.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to Cherry Street Youth Center or the First United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.