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home : obituaries : obituaries Saturday, December 16, 2017

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Patrick H. Cavanagh
Patrick H. Cavanagh, 89, of Delmar passed away December 4, 2017, at Westwing Place in DeWitt, from cancer complications.

His funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Delmar. A visitation will be held Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Lahey and Dawson Funeral Home in Maquoketa. A vigil service will be held at 7. Burial will take place at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Delmar.

Patrick Henry was born Nov. 3, 1928, in Petersville, to Frank and Mary Crowley Cavanagh. He graduated and played basketball from Delmar High School in 1946 and attended Reisch American School of Auctioneering in 1960.

On Oct. 29, 1977, he married the love of his life, Charlene Hughes at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Delmar. She preceded him in death Nov. 29, 2013.

Pat grew up on the farm and loved farming. He was an auctioneer for over 40 years and worked for the United States Postal Service for 18 years as a mail route carrier, was a tavern owner with his brother-in-law, a hog buyer, school bus driver, and a depot agent. He gave help to whoever needed it. He was a Lions member and donated many gallons of blood.

He faithfully and honorably served in the United States Navy during the Korean War on the U.S.S. Graffias.

He went on an Honor Flight out of the Quad Cities on Oct. 31, 2013, and received a Quilt of Valor on Oct. 3, 2016.

Pat went to Clover Ridge in Maquoketa in April of 2015 and moved to Westwing in DeWitt in July 2017.

He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, going to the boat to gamble, picking black walnuts, singing, and was ready to sing the Auctioneer Song at any time. He dearly loved spending time with his family, especially the young kids.

Those left to cherish his memories are his sister Luella Schneden of Davenport; sister-in-law Myrna Cavanagh of Maquoketa; brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law, Aletha Hughes of Monticello, Mick and Gin Hughes of Preston, Terese Cavanagh of Delmar, Tony Hughes of Wisconsin, Sharon Kueter of Oxford, Mike and Jean Hughes of Coralville, and Jerry and Linda House of Delmar; special niece Patty Kay Grant; and sister-in-law Linda House, who took care of Pat; and many other nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Charlene; three brothers, Francis and Walter, and an infant brother; and four sisters Mae, Carmilla, Helen, and Madaline.

Many heartfelt thanks to the nurses at Westwing and Hospice for the great care he received.

Memorials may be directed in his honor to his two loves, Delmar Lions and St. Patrick's Church.

Online condolences may be left for the family at laheys.com


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