June 27, 2019
Wilfred (Bill) Kavanagh, 91, passed away peachfully on June 11, 2019 in Spokane, Wash.
Bill was born to Charles and Maude Kavanagh in St. Paul, Minn., on January 7, 1928, as one of nine children. He enlisted into the Army in 1945 where he was stationed in Germany and discharged in 1946.
He moved to Colfax in 1955, where he worked as a refrigeration mechanic. After opening an appliance business in nearby Garfield, he met the love of his life, Norma VanTine Jackson, and were married in 1979. He worked for the city of Garfield and was also a volunteer fireman.
They later moved to Colfax, where Bill worked for the City of Colfax and was also a volunteer fireman. Bill also volunteered with Coflax Little League Baseball. They were married for 20 years until the death of Norma, in 2009.
Bill was a gifted man, knowing about plumbing, carpentry, and electrical. He liked to work with his hands. He was also a soft-spoken and gental man.
Bill is survived by his stepdaughter, Valarie Nelson (Larry); stepson, Robert Jackson; sister Elaine (Terry) Kelly; sisters-in-law, Phillis (Michael) Kavanagh and Patricia (Donald) Geise; brother-in-law Bill (Phyllis) Helspur; nephews, Tom (Laurie) Burns, Terry (Jan) Burns, Pat (Janet) Burns; and other nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.
There will be a memorial service at the Garfied Cemetary on June 29, 2019, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Colfax or Garfield Fire Department.