Schnider Funeral Home Great Falls Montana


James Caldwell
James Caldwell


James Caldwell

Aug 05, 1942 - May 17, 2017

James Herman Caldwell, 74, of Fort Shaw, passed away Wednesday, May 17, 2017 due to medical complications.

Family services will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Schnider Funeral Home.

James was born August 5, 1942 in Helena, Montana to Paul and Mabel (Reissing) Caldwell. He completed high school and joined the US Navy. He moved to Fort Shaw and joined his father in operating Caldwell’s Phillips 66 Service Station after his service in the Navy. He met Dawn Leslie McKay and they were married in 1969.

He was an avid drag racer, friend to many, and a mechanic to even more.

James is survived by his two sons, Jason and Justin Caldwell and brothers Cliff and Paul Caldwell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mabel.

Public Guest Book

May 20th
Marge feback
Paul cliff and boys our deepest sympathy to you always enjoyed Jim and his car talking he is missed every morning at post office when we visit God bless
May 20th
Barb Anderson
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this healing time. Knew Jim for many years and know his presence will be missed. Barb Anderson
May 21st
Carolyn Spangler Abbott
We were in Simms Hogh School together. I'm sorry to read about Jim's passing due to complications. We have enough challenges at this age as it is. He was a fine school mate. Blessings to all of Jim's family and friends. You need those now. As I learned this winter when I lost my husband. Carolyn
May 21st
Betty Burkland
I'm so sorry to read of Jim's death. He was a very dear friend to Gene & I and to all the old time race car guys. We'll all miss "Jimmy C" at the car events in GF and at the stock car races. His boys are great kids, just like their Dad. Actually, I don't think they're kids any more! :0) I'm looking forward to visiting with them at the memorial service. Take care.
May 21st
Judy Jackson
So very sorry to see him go. Wish I had the mind for reading and retention he had!. I can not tell you how much he will be missed by all who knew him. I know he's having a good time 'playing cars' now. Missing all of you. Mom especially! Take care and accept my fondest wishes.
May 22nd
Annette Hobbs
I always enjoyed Jim's stories he would stop to tell me at Electric City Speedway. I was glad to get to know him better the last few years. I will miss his smiling face.
May 24th
Tom Burkland
I'm sad to hear of Jim's death. He was always so friendly to everyone. He made a great small town gas station and tow truck operator helping folks out of their troubles. I will always remember him pedaling the old cruiser bicycle around the pit lane at Lewistown prompting all the slackers to head for the staging lanes. Most of them thought he was just stopping by to say "hello" and may have never realized they were already delinquent when he showed up.
His "Old Suede" Chevy race car should end up in a Hall of Fame somewhere for the most runs ever made within the smallest window of its dial-in.
May 24th
Betty Burkland
Does anyone else remember Jim's story of laying under a car broken down beside the highway with his feet out on the road, when a car ran over his toes?!? Wap, Wap, he said!!!
And CMTA Halloween party where Jim & Dawn came as a sultan & his harem queen one year . . . and the next year came in the opposite costumes! LOL


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