Richard J. Kavanaugh
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SHREVEPORT, LA - Richard J. Kavanaugh of Shreveport passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2012. Mr. Kavanaugh was born in Beaumont, Texas, on October 14, 1932 but grew up in North Caddo Parish. He graduated from high school at Vivian High School in 1950. He was a student at Louisiana Tech from 1950 to 1954 before he transferred to Georgia Tech where, in 1955, he received a degree in Industrial Management. He served in the United States Air Force from 1955 until 1960 as a jet pilot where he flew the RF-84 and RF-101 aircraft.
After leaving the Air Force Mr. Kavanaugh became a dealer for Piper Aircraft and a fixed base operator at the Tifton Municipal Airport in Tifton, Georgia. In 1966 he was recognized as a top dealer for Piper having sold more new Piper airplanes that year than any other dealer in the United States except one. Later he opened two more fixed base operations at Moultrie, Georgia and at Parkaire Field in Cobb County, Georgia. In 1968 he sold the operations in Tifton and Moultrie and moved to Atlanta. The operation at Parkaire closed at the end of 1970 when the lease on the field expired and Mr. Kavanaugh began selling insurance and real estate. He was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table in 1971.
In 1975 he worked for International Publications who published a magazine about missing persons called MISSING. Subsequently he was a partner in Cavco, Inc. which published a travel magazine called CRUISE. He moved back to Shreveport in 1983 and in January 1985 he begin publishing THE REAL ESTATE BOOK OF SHREVEPORT/BOSSIER. He sold the rights to this magazine in 2001 and later started a senior magazine which later became GOLDEN YEARS GUIDE.
Mr. Kavanaugh is survived by one sister, Kay McKneely and her husband Roy McKneely, one brother, Robin Kavanaugh, and his wife Sharon Kavanaugh, six nieces and nephews and nine great nieces and nephews.
Mr. Kavanaugh was a lover of cats, having twelve at the time of his death. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Alley Cat Allies at 7920 Norfolk Avenue, Suite 800, Bethseda, MD 20814.
Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 2012, in the chapel of Osborn Funeral Home with Dr Pat Day officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery.
Published in Shreveport Times from July 15 to July 16, 2012