Denver " Russ" Caudill, 62, of Hamden, Ohio, following an extended illness, went home with his Lord on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at his home. He was born in Wellston, Ohio, August 9, 1956, to the late Denver and Sharon Lee Rice Caudill. He was a 1974 graduate of Vinton County Consolidated High School and earned his bachelor's degree in education with an emphasis on history and social studies from Ohio University in 2003. He was a former scale operator at Caudill Chipping, a substitute school teacher for Wellston, Vinton County, and Beaver schools, and a basketball coach, volleyball coach, and scoreboard operator for Wellston City Schools. He was an avid sports fan of the Cincinnati Reds and the OSU Buckeyes. He was a member of the Lake View Baptist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Kandy S. Coleman, a nephew, Afton Wayne Scarberry, paternal grandparents, Virgil and Dellie Johnson Caudill, and maternal grandparents, Charles and Helen Loudermilk Rice.He leaves behind his wife, whom he married on December 31, 1992, Rhonda Davis Caudill; two sons, Denver " Mike" Caudill of Kingston, Ohio, and David ( Julie) Caudill of Westerville, Ohio; four grandsons: Kaleb Caudill, Denver Ethan Caudill, Aiden Russell Caudill, and Jacob Caudill; three brothers: Charlie ( Kathy ) Caudill of Hamden, Larry ( Lisa) Caudill of McArthur, and Aaron ( Jamie) Caudill of Hamden; four sisters: Cindy ( Jerry) Scarberry of McArthur, Shari ( Steve) Bobb of Hamden, Mary Beth ( Frank) Guthrie of Hamden, and Alice ( Kevin) Douglas of Carroll, Ohio; several dear aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his beloved dachshund and companion, Trey. The family will receive friends at the Jenkins Funeral Chapel in Wellston on Thursday from 4 until 8 P.M. Services will be Friday at 11 A.M. at the Jenkins Chapel with Pastors Lamar O'Bryant and Roger Hauck, along with Jerry Davis, officiating. Burial will follow in the Elk Cemetery in McArthur. The family requests that memorials in Russ's name be made to the Lake View Baptist Church, 37610 St. Rt. 93, Hamden, Ohio, 45634. " I never had a lot of friends, because I had family."
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