Earnest Lee Caudle, 85, of Carlinville, passed away Friday afternoon, January 25, 2019, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Earnest was born on June 9, 1933, to Claude and Jean (Pratt) Caudle in Carlinville, the youngest of nine children.
He attended Carlinville schools. On June 13, 1954, Rev. Herman Rhoads married Earnie to the love of his life, Shirley Jean Warren in Carlinville. For sixty-four years they never left each other’s side. Earnie was a laborer for the hod carriers union in Jacksonville. He loved mowing grass and working in the yard. Earnie always wore longsleeved shirts and had a hot cup of coffee, no matter what time of year it was. He was the “caretaker” of his family. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up.
Earnest is survived by his wife, Shirley; two sons, Curtis Warren Caudle of Carlinville and Michael Dean (Mary) Caudle of Carlinville; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Dennis Mikalauski of Carlinville; daughter-in-law, Julie Caudle of Carlinville; two sisters-in-law: several nieces and nephews.
Earnest was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Jean; son, Gary Lee Caudle; daughter, Melinda Diane Mikalauski; granddaughter; Amber Caudle; grandson, Brian Caudle; great-granddaughter, Britinee Lee Meyers; and grandson-in-law, Dylan Kiehna.
Visitation will be held Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 12:00 noon at the Davis-Anderson Funeral Home, Carlinville with Rev. Rex Hendrix officiating. Burial will take place in the Prairie Lawn Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Shirley Caudle Trust c/o/ US Bank.