Jon F Caudle of Harwood, Missouri passed from this life into the presence of Christ on May 27, 2021. He was born to George & Dorothy (Fields) Caudle in St. Louis, Missouri on May 16, 1939.
He was converted at age 10 while visiting Chatham Bible Church with his cousin David. He received his primary education at a one-room schoolhouse in rural Washington County. After graduating from Ste. Genevieve High School in 1957, and a short stint in college at Rolla, he entered Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, where he met Judith Morerod on a revival team. They were married May 29, 1959 shortly after Jon began his first pastorate at Morrisville Baptist Church. His passing was 2 days short of their 62nd anniversary. To this union were born three children: Jon Jr, Jeffrey, and Karen.
From 1960 through 1964, Jon served in the USAF, stationed in Illinois, Kansas, and California. In the latter 2 locations, he also served in the pastorate. After his discharge, he continued to serve as a pastor, then as a church planter, director of missions, and adjunct professor during his 60 years in ministry, serving churches in Missouri, Kansas, California, Texas, and West Virginia. In addition to his passion for Jesus and for Judith, he was a passionate fisherman and he enjoyed listening to St. Louis Cardinal baseball games on the radio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter-in-law, Lynn Moffet Caudle, and three grandchildren, Nathan Caudle, Geoffrey Caudle, and Janae Caudle.
He is survived by his wife, Judith, of the home; two brothers, Jim (Mary) of Terre du Lac and George (Janet) of Farmington, Michigan; two sons, Jon Jr (Christina) of Harwood and Jeffrey of Quincy (Pamela Caudle of Bolivar); one daughter, Karen (Seunghwa “Paul”) Lim of Pago Pago, American Samoa; 13 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren (including 2 due in August & September), plus numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
And the question Jon asked thousands of times during his life was, “Have you received Christ as your Savior, or is that something you are still looking forward to?”