He was born on March 19, 1958, in Parsons to Aloysius A. “Bud” and Elouise P. (Keyte) Dhooghe. He grew up in Parsons, where he attended St. Patrick Catholic School through eighth grade and was a 1976 graduate of Parsons High School.
Following high school, he lived in Houston for a time before returning to Parsons, where he had lived since. He was employed at Flesh Co. in Parsons, where he had worked for more than 25 years. In earlier years, he was employed by the Labette County Road and Bridge Department.
He was a Catholic. He was a member of the National Rifle Association and enjoyed working in the garden, cooking and woodcarving. His greatest joy and focus was being “Poppy” to his three grandchildren, who he adored.
He married Pamela S. “Pam” Bonine on Aug. 20, 1994, in Parsons. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include his two sons, Craig Caldwell and his companion, Kristen Story, of Parsons and Casey Caldwell of the home; three grandchildren, Julian Louis Leon, Wesley Neal Caldwell and Kalli Sue Caldwell; four brothers, James E. Dhooghe and his wife, Betty, of Edmond, Okla., John E. Dhooghe and his wife, Jacquelyn, and David F. Dhooghe, all of Parsons, and Richard L. Dhooghe and his wife, Donna, of Rogers, Ark.; two sisters, Deborah A. Mosier and her husband, Kevin, and Janice M. Dulohery and her husband, Mike, all of Parsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, “Bud” Dhooghe, on July 28, 1983; his mother, Elouise Dhooghe, on Sept. 22, 2011; and a brother, Michael A. Dhooghe, on April 30, 2005.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to an education fund for his grandchildren and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.