Caleb Joseph Stathem

02/14/1995 – 09/30/2018

Obituary for Caleb Joseph Stathem

Caleb Joseph Stathem, 23, of Sedalia passed away Sunday, September 30, 2018 as a result of an auto accident North of Sedalia. He was born on February 14, 1995 in Columbia, MO the son of William Robert Stathem II and Theresa E. (Todd) Stathem (David Williams), who reside in Sedalia.

Caleb was a 2013 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School, where he was active on the Varsity Football team and D.E.C.A. Caleb worked for Owens Corning in Sedalia. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Kansas City Chiefs and the Missouri Tigers. Caleb enjoyed fantasy football with his brother William and was very knowledgeable in the game of football on all levels. Caleb enjoyed going around the state of Missouri hiking and site seeing. He also enjoyed hanging out and playing basketball with his friends. Caleb was known for his huge heart and helping anyone that needed it.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, William Robert Stathem, III and his wife Megan of Sedalia; a nephew William Robert Stathem, IV (Liam); and a niece Raelynn G. Stathem (Rae Rae); his girlfriend Vanessa Bearce; several aunts and uncles, Gerald Todd, Jr., Virginia Todd, William Todd, David Todd, Sheryle Gilpin (Jimmy), Karen Parks (Keith), Coleen Phillips (Steve), Melinda McAloose (Frank), Carl Statham (Lisa), Cindy Farris (Dennis), and Sue Hutchinson (Tim); great aunts and uncles, Beverly Staton (Carl), and Jerry Curry; Godparents, Shannon Zerilli (Martin); and, in Caleb’s words, “all his brothers from other mothers”.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grand parents, Charles and Frances Paxton and Gerald Wayne Todd Sr. and Sharon Catalina; his paternal grandparents, William R. Stathem Sr. and Doris Stathem.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 5, 2018 at Rea Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jason Kindle officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Rea Funeral Chapel.

Burial will be at Highland Sacred Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be William Robert Stathem, III, Drew Lamb, Alex Dake, Robbie Brown, Mason McCown, Devin Riley, Dexter Cramer, Little B.J. Monteer, Chance Todd, and Charlie Monteer.

Honorary bearers will be Donnie Batman, Leah Batman, Taylor Batman, Alexis Batman, Bailey Batman, Lisa Curry-Panzarella Trevor Davis, Sarah Stathem, Dominic Zerilli, Colton Zerilli, Makayla Rupp, Joshua Pittman, Jermie Pittman, Joel Pittman, Jacquelynn Rash, David Williams, Briana Williams, Braden Williams, Barry Monteer, Timmy Monteer, Elizabeth Todd, LaCrista Todd, Jerry Todd, Khristofer Todd, Destiny Todd, Jerrad Gilpin, Nick Todd, Jayme Gilpin, James Gilpin, Jamison Hutchinson, Nathaniel Hutchinson, Emily Hutchinson, Robert and Sandra Farris.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Caleb J. Stathem Smith-Cotton Football Fund in care of Rea Funeral Chapel.

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I was Caleb’s 3rd grade teacher. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Debbie Joy
– Debbie Joy
Deepest sympathies to all of his family and friends…
– Keri Dickman
Willy, I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our hearts and prayers. Sonia and David
– Sonia Fa

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