Vernon E. “Vern” Caldwell-Obituary

Obit-CaldwellVernon E. “Vern” Caldwell, 77, a longtime resident of the Banks community, died Thursday evening, March 12, 2015 at the Tuality Community Hospital in Hillsboro, Oregon.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Forest Grove, with Mr. Ed Willer, conducting. Family and friends were invited to attend a reception immediately following the ceremony. Private Interment Rites were held on Friday March 20, 2015, at the Union Point Cemetery, 41500 N.W. Banks Road in Banks, Oregon.

VERNON EDWARD “VERN” CALDWELL was born March 9, 1938 in Hillsboro, Oregon, the son of the late Earl Joseph Caldwell and Lily May (Luke) Caldwell. He was raised and received his education in the Banks community, having been a graduate of the Banks High School Class of 1956.

He was united in marriage to Sharon L. Stoller on May 29, 1959 in Aloha, Oregon. They celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary this past May. Following their marriage they lived in El Paso, Texas for six months, while Vern was serving in the military. Following his discharge, they moved to the Banks community, where they have resided since.

Vern has worked as a truck driver most of his life. He began by hauling meat for Kummer Meat Company in Hillsboro, drove truck for Shell Oil Company and later Shadybrook Lumber. He also bought his own truck and spent some time driving across the western United States. In October of 1985, he bought his first self-loading log truck and established V & S Log Express Company in Banks. He and his son Jerry have owned and operated for the business for the past thirty years.

He was an active member of the North Cornelius Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Forest Grove.

Among his special interests he enjoyed traveling, as well as car restoration. He was a member of the Crown Victoria and Model A Car Clubs. From his youth on he enjoyed family activities like going clam digging , hunting trips, and attending rodeos, his favorite being the Pendleton Round-up.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Lily Caldwell and his brother, Gerald Caldwell.

Vern is survived by his wife, Sharon Caldwell, of the family home in Banks, Oregon; his three sons and daughter. The sons and daughters-in-law are, David and Katie Caldwell, of Banks, Oregon; Jerry and Tammy Caldwell, of Banks, Oregon; Kenneth and Gaye Caldwell, of Portland, Oregon and his daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Wayne Newman, of Kailua Kona, Hawaii.

Also surviving are his four grandchildren, Christopher Caldwell, of Banks, Oregon; Melissa Caldwell, of Kihei Maui, Hawaii; Tommy and his wife Amanda Caldwell, of Forest Grove, Oregon and Jeremy Caldwell, of Banks, Oregon; his two great-grandchildren, Michael and Haleigh Caldwell and eight nieces and nephews.

If desired the family requests remembrances may be in the form of contributions in his memory to the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society. Details can be found at

Tualatin Valley Funeral Alternatives in Hillsboro is in charge of the arrangements.