The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 17, 2013

John 'Jack' W. Cavanaugh

The Commercial-News

---- — John “Jack” W. Cavanaugh, 91, of Ridge Farm, passed away at 3:35 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Pleasant Meadows Christian Village, Chrisman.

He was born on Feb. 21, 1922, in Danville, the son of Harry and Hazel B. (Brown) Cavanaugh, both deceased. He was united in marriage to Helen Chew on Jan. 31, 1976, in Danville. She will miss him dearly.

He also will be missed by his sons, James A. Cavanaugh of Wonder Lake, Fla., Robert (Catherine) Cavanaugh of Green Bay, Wis., Richard K. (Susan) Cavanaugh of Enfield, Conn., and William E. Cavanaugh of Batavia; his step-daughter, Rhonda (Bob) Swisher of Robinson; his brother, Thomas R. Cavanaugh of Navarre Beach, Fla.; his 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Jack served in the U.S. Army during WWII as a drill sergeant and mechanic. He retired from Hyster Company as a supervisor in quality control. He grew up during the Great Depression and during his young life, made money by helping to make maps of the trails and ponds at Kickapoo State Park. He enjoyed volunteering with the Boy Scouts that met at Edison School and Cub Scouts that met at St. James Church in Danville. He served as Boy Scout Master and during the ‘50s and ‘60s; he engineered about 10 Boy Scout trips to the boundary waters in Minnesota and Canada. In his spare time, Jack could be found hunting pheasant and deer in Wisconsin and he especially loved duck hunting in Lake Vermilion. He was also an avid reader and loved spending time with his family.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Oct. 19, at Sunset’s Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, Georgetown. Visitation for family and friends will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Please join his family in sharing memories through his Tribute Wall at

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