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Leo Roger Cavanaugh

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 24th, 2013

CAVANAUGH—Leo Roger Cavanaugh, 87, formerly of Florence, passed away June 15, 2012, in Oregon City, from end-stage dementia and heart disease.

Leo was born in Dryden, Wash., to parents William Henry Cavanaugh and Lavinia Terwilliger Cavanaugh on Sept. 28, 1924. He was raised in the Waterville and Wenatchee, Wash., area, and attended Waterville High School.

He was in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945 and served in World War II.

Leo and his first wife, Lillian, lived in Florence in the 1970s and 1980s. He was a carpenter. He loved fishing and having a garden. Lillian died in 1985.

Leo met and married Patricia Larsen in Florence in 1986. They eventually lived in the Salem, Canby, Woodburn, Portland, Hillsboro and Oregon City areas.

They attended Christian churches near each place they lived. They worked as a team, becoming managers of various apartment complexes.

Pat worked in the office while Leo did the maintenance.

He enjoyed family gatherings, building, remodeling and helping others. Even later, when technically retired, he kept busy with various carpentry jobs and teaching his craft to others until about a year before his death.

He was survived by his wife, Pat, but she died six months later.

He is survived by his sisters: Alma Bolton and Helen Racus of Wenatchee, Wash.; step-daughter, Penny Hendrickson, of Warren, Ore.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents and his first wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Irvin and Raymond Cavanaugh.

A short, joint service will be held for Pat and Leo at their gravesite on the hill in the cremation section of Pacific Sunset Cemetery in Florence, beginning at 2 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Arrangements are being made by Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home.

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