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MICHAEL DENNIS CAVANAUGH, 72 passed away Sunday April 22, 2012 at the Veterans Affairs Hospital after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
Mike was born June 3, 1939 to Eulra Harrison Cavanaugh and Lorene Shaffer in Winfield, Kansas. His wife Linda Vance Cavanaugh of Kansas City, MO, daughter Christa Cavanaugh and husband Michael Wright of Parkville, MO and daughter Kelley Cavanaugh Renick of St. Louis, MO survive him. Also surviving are Linda’s children Jerod Watkins and wife Jamie; and Jessica Watkins Mumma and husband Donovan. Grandchildren include John Renick, Will Renick, Julia Renick, Timmy Renick; George Renick; Chaughn Mumma; Audrey Mumma and a granddaughter who is on the way.
He served his country proudly in the Army during the Vietnam War as a pilot and flight instructor for the OV-1 Mohawk, earning numerous citations including a Purple Heart and Bronze Star before being honorably discharged as a Major in August, 1967.
He will be remembered as a man of his word and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. He will be interred at a private service.