Herbert L. Caywood

Posted February 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm


Herbert L. Caywood now 1 cc .tif

Herbert Lane Caywood, 93, was born Dec. 15, 1919, in Benton County near Edwards, MO, the first son of McKinley and Glenn (Martin) Caywood. His sister, Helen, joined him in 1921. When they were still small children, the family moved to Emerson, IA, where their brother, Evan, was born.

The family eventually settled back in Missouri in Cedar County southwest of Olympia. The kids attended Barnes School, but when Herb was old enough to go to high school, there were no school buses so he stayed out a year (which didn’t bother him a bit). He spent his time hunting, fishing and trapping and wasn’t particularly happy when the school buses began to run the Olympia route. The kids walked a couple of miles to meet up with the Boultinghouse children where they met the bus. Herb graduated with the E.H.S. Class of 1941.

He married the love of his life, Geneal Harris, from Jerico Springs, on July 19, 1941.

Herb joined the Army Air Corps where he served in the European Theater as a P51 fighter pilot. He flew 300 combat hours and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He flew with the 339th fighter group from Fowlmere, England, from 1944 to 1945. He returned as a 1st Lieutenant to meet his two-week-old son, Danny. Their daughter, Corliss, joined the family in 1948.

He was a master carpenter in California and sometimes worked for Freeman Gosden (Andy in the Amos and Andy radio program). After moving from California to Castle Rock, WA, he did custom carpentry work for many of the local schools and the Cowlitz County Hall of Justice. Castle Rock is in the foothills of Mt. St. Helens and his family and the surrounding area were very much affected by the volcanic eruption in 1980.

He enjoyed good health for most of his life and after a short illness, passed away on Jan. 27, 2013, with his family by his side.

He is survived by his son, Danny, and wife, LaVonne; daughter, Corliss McDaniel; two granddaughters; two grandsons and 13 great grandchildren. His brother, Evan, of Lee’s Summit also survives. Local relatives include nieces, Lana Wilson and Terri Heitz and their families and a brother-in-law, Sam Harris of Jerico Springs.

A military service was held Feb. 9 in Whittle Hubbard Cemetery in Castle Rock.