Elmer Caddes


Elmer Ellsworth Caddes, 88, of Santa Rosa, Calif., died Sept. 26, 2000, in Santa Rosa.

Mr. Caddes was born in Olathe, Colo. and grew up near Gregory, S.D. He was a record-setting middle-distance runner at the University of South Dakota in the early 1930s.

Mr. Caddes married and left USD to work as a surveyor and engineer on the Rosebud, S.D. Reservation. In 1941, he was called to active duty with the South Dakota National Guard. Mr. Caddes spent much of World War II in the South Pacific, including service as an infantry company commander in the invasions of Peleliu and Okinawa. He received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantryman's Badge, among other awards.

After World War II, he returned to USD, living in "Vet's Villa" and receiving his bachelor's degree in 1946. He served as city engineer of Vermillion, S.D. until being called to active duty in 1950 in the Korean War. This time, he remained in the Army, serving in Germany and a number of U.S. posts before retiring. Mr Caddes and his wife, Alice, spent their retirement traveling, fishing and spending time with their grandchildren. They eventually settled in Payson, where they were leaders in developing a senior center that became a vital part of the community. In 1999, they moved to California to be closer to their children.

Survivors include one son, Donald E. Caddes of Menlo Park, Calif.; one daughter, Katherine A. Caddes of Forestville, Calif.; two sisters, Helen McCreadie of Fennville, Mich. and Sara Hamdorf of Marion, Iowa; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Robert E. Caddes, in 1987.

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