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Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 3:13 pm

TORREY — Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle, Wayne B. Caldwell, age 55, died Oct. 25, 2012, at his home in Torrey, after an amazing battle with ALS.

He was born July 6, 1957, in Greeley, Colo., a son of Larry Wallace and Charleen Kay Caldwell.

He graduated from Wayne High School, Class of 1975, where he went by the name of Wayne Shirley. He attended Colorado Northeastern Community College and received his associate degree in coaching.

Wayne married Anita Kay Greenhow, June 3, 1978, in Vernal. They were later divorced.

He married Shirley Lea Collins, Nov. 5, 2005, near Cleveland, Texas, in Tarkington.

Wayne grew up in Hanksville and moved to Vernal in 1975, where he worked for Chevron Oil Company for 25 years. In 2000, he became the acting Pastor of the First Baptist Community Church in Torrey. He loved to share the gospel with anyone who would listen.

Wayne was the manager of the Days Inn Motel in Torrey for the past 10 years and he enjoyed sharing his knowledge of Capitol Reef and the surrounding area with any and all of the guests.

Wayne loved the outdoors and enjoyed taking pictures and hiking the backcountry of Wayne County and the surrounding area. He loved basketball and lettered in basketball and track in high school. He played basketball up until last year, when he became too ill to play any longer.

Wayne loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his sons and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Caldwell, Torrey; his mother, Charleen Self, Spanish Fork; his stepmother, Ellen Caldwell, Las Vegas; children, Cody and Sarah Caldwell; Kriston and April Caldwell; Kyle and Melissa Caldwell, all Vernal; stepsons, Benjamin and Becca Obregon, Austin, Texas; Jeffrey and Kim Varvel; Carl Mark and Lisa Varvel, Cleveland, Texas; Gregory Varvel, Katy, Texas; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Russel and Cathy Caldwell, American Fork; Scott and Annette Caldwell, Vernal; Debbie and Paul Francis, Cedar Hills; Jim and Shari Shirley, Lovelock, Nev.; Colleen and Brian Douglas, Spanish Fork; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Caldwell; grandparents, Av and Virginia Kay; Wallace and Mar Caldwell.

Funeral services were held Oct. 30, in the Teasdale cultural hall with Rev. Perry Causey officiating.

A family prayer was shared by Perry Causey and the invocation and scripture was provided by Rev. Jonathan Edwards.

Prelude and postlude music was performed by Rebecca Pace.

The obituary was read by Melissa Caldwell and a slideshow was presented.

A time for open tributes was offered.

A message was shared by Perry Causey and the benediction was offered by Rev. David Payne.

Additional funeral services were held in Vernal today, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m., in the World Vision Assembly of God Church, with Pastor Stan Arias officiating and conducting.

A family prayer and invocation were shared by Stan Arias.

The obituary was read by Melissa Caldwell and a slideshow was presented.

A time for open tributes was offered.

A message and the benediction were offered by Stan Arias.

Musical selections at both services included “Awesome God,” by grandchildren; CD selections “Proof of Your Love,” by King and Country, “The Great I Am,” by New Life Worship, and “I’ve Got To Tell Somebody,” by Don Francisco; and congregational hymns “How Great Thou Art,” accompanied by Rebecca pace with choristers Sarah and Melissa Caldwell; and “Victory In Jesus.”

Pallbearers included Cody Caldwell, Benjamin Obregon, Gregory Varvel, Kris Caldwell, Jeffrey Varvel, Russel Caldwell, Jim Shirley, Kyle Caldwell, Mark Varvel and Scott Caldwell.

Interment was in the Vernal Memorial Park with the committal service by Stan Arias.

Compassionate services were provided by the women’s organization of the World Vision Assembly of God Church.

Funeral directors, Springer Turner Funeral Home, Richfield and Salina.

Online guest book at springerturner.com.

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