MELVIN PHILIP CALDWELL 1926 ~ 2014 Melvin "Mel" Philip Caldwell was born June 6th, 1926 in Sacramento, CA to Chester and Birdee Caldwell. Mel grew up with five brothers and one sister on farm in Galt, CA. Mel entered the US Navy
in 1944 toward the end of WWII
. He served on the USS Randall. After his military service, he married Nathalia "Dolly" Wagner and raised their two sons Ronald and Robert. After 40 years as a Baker, he retired from the Rainbow Bakery. He and his wife moved to Red Bluff, CA, where he and his sons built their family home. Mel enjoyed traveling, gardening, taking part in his ships reunion, and raising two grandsons. Mel went home to be with the Lord on February 9th, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, his sons Ronald (Melissa) and Robert, as well as 3 grandchildren, Eliah (d.2009) , Craig (April), and Tina (Ron) and 7 great grandchildren. A private family Celebration of Life is planned for a future date.