January 1, 1970 ~ July 18, 2014
Robert Preble Cadwell died Friday, July 18, 2014, in Mesa, AZ. He was 88.
Bob was born August 28, 1925, in Waubay, SD, to Hazel Preble and Lloyd Lorane Cadwell. Bob blessed his family and friends with patience, kindness, generosity, humor, a strong moral compass and vivid stories of his life.
Growing up, Bob moved with his family to Wessington Springs and Gann Valley, SD, and Hillsboro and Fargo, ND. The family operated hotels and restaurants and Bob’s father worked as a barber. Lloyd Cadwell died January 20, 1943.
At age 17, Bob convinced his mother to allow him to sign up for the Navy and he entered service in World War II in August 1943. He was stationed on the USS Yorktown.
Bob met his first wife, Ramona Dilley, in Fargo in 1945. They married June 24, 1950. Together they raised six children, sharing many adventures along the way. Bob worked as a mail carrier and over the years managed many other part-time jobs on the side. He later became Superintendent of the Mails for the Moorhead, MN, Post Office. In November 1976 he was sworn in as Postmaster for the Jamestown, ND, Post Office. Bob also operated a small costume jewelry store called The Total Look Store. He lost Ramona to cancer in July 1992.
Bob married Sharon Sealy Lenthe on November 26, 1993, in Loveland, CO. Together the two enjoyed a 20-year marriage filled with family, friends and fun. They took bicycle trips in Europe, went on cruises and other international journeys. Until recently they split their time between homes in Loveland, CO, and Mesa, AZ, enjoying many friendships in both cities.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon, children Rob Cadwell (Jo), Paula Cadwell, Jill Larson, Tom Cadwell (Julie), Jim Cadwell (Cyndi), Cheri Cadwell, 15 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Helen Barsalou (Bob) and Bobbie Paradis (Steve). In addition, Bob is survived by Sharon’s children Diann Bottrell (Michael), Sue Lenthe (Doug Lindgren), Karen Jayne (David), Steve Lenthe (Toni) and six grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, sons-in-law William Thompson and Curt Larson, his parents, and a brother and sister.