Paul Francis Cavanagh
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August 26, 1921 - January 30, 2014
Paul Francis Cavanagh, 92, passed away Thursday, January 30th, 2014, after a short illness.
Born August 26, 1924, in Neola, Iowa to Hugh and Angeline West Cavanagh, one of nine children, he spent his childhood on the Neola family farm.
Paul married Margaret "Peggy" Mary Herder December 31st, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio. Together they had eight children.
He served in WWII in the Army 168th infantry regt. 18 stationed in Italy. He received the Bronze Star Medal. Paul graduated from Iowa University with a Business degree.
Well known as a Farm and Ranch realtor in Grand Junction, Paul held earlier jobs as a salesman in Insurance, as a stockbroker and Chamber of Commerce.
After marriage the Cavanagh's lived in Iowa, Wyoming, and Utah before settling in Grand Junction in 1964.
In 1968, Paul moved his family to the farm on Orchard Mesa. He was very knowledgable in the science of irrigation and he tended his crops and cattle well.
He was a devout member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Paul is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margaret, and six children, Paul F. Cavanagh Jr., Thomas J. Cavanagh, Michael (Teri) Cavanagh, Mary F. Cavanagh, Timothy H. Cavanagh, and Sharon L. (Dan) Geherin; 22 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death is son, James B. Cavanagh (living daughter-in-law, Cher Cavanagh); daughter, Theresa A. Kline and daughter-in-law, Christina M. Cavanagh.
Services will be Tuesday February 4, 2014, at St. Joseph's Church at 10:30 a.m. with Rosary at 11:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass, followed by service at 1:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Gathering for stories and memories at the family farm, 3011 B 1/2 Rd. following at 2:00 p.m.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on Feb. 2, 2014