Robert Lee Caldwell, 87, passed away on Jan. 9, 2019 after a prolonged illness while at a hospital. He was born Aug. 9, 1931 to Lee and Estelle Caldwell in Hereford, Texas.
Robert graduated from George Washington High School in Los Angeles and then joined the U.S. Air Force for four years of service. While at h is training base in Minnesota in 1951, he met his future wife, Mildred Ann McCoy, whom he married on June 21, 1952.
After two more years of service in Kansas, the young couple with two boys moved to San Luis Obispo, Calif., in 1954 where he attended Cal Poly. After their third child was born in 1955, it was time to earn a living. Robert began working for Aerojet General in November 1956, and their fourth boy was born that Christmas Eve. The joy at Aerojet turned into a 38-year career. Robert and Mildred were blessed with a baby girl in 1959 and agreed the family was complete when twin boys were delivered in July 1960.
Robert enjoyed attending the athletic events of his children and also watching college and pro sports on TV. His real passion and time was devoted to the thoroughbred horse racing industry. He was the owner/breeder of several winners at California tracks.
Preceding Robert in death were his parents, his eldest son Michael and his brother-in-law Don Hatfield.
Surviving him are his sister Katherine and brother Charles; sons John (Tonya) of Galt, Daniel in Arizona, Kenneth of Galt; daughter Chery (David) Aarseth of Galt, and his twin sons Richard of Galt and Robert of Bodega Bay; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and the mother of his seven children, Mildred McCoy Caldwell.
Robert was interred at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon.