Born Jan. 15, 1940 in Lafayette, he was the son of Joseph P. and Mary Lucille (Goodman) Cavanaugh.
He was a car salesman for many years in Terre Haute, most recently with Ron Dodson. He was a member of White Rose Free Pentecostal Church in Linton. He was a #1 Purdue Fan, US Air Force Korean War Veteran, Linton American Legion Post #22 and Terre Haute VFW Post #972 . He also belonged to the United States Bowling Congress and had bowled a 300 game, and was a boxer and later a trainer with Golden Gloves.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma Ann (Goodman) Cavanaugh of Linton, whom he married Dec. 26, 2002; daughters and sons-in-law: Tammy and Roddy Long of Terre Haute , Pamala and Marty Welsh of Monticello, Melissa and Matthew Young of Robinson, IL; step-sons and step-daughters-in-law: David and Stephanie Bowman of Greenwood, Rick and Robin Bowman of Linton; step-daughter and step-son-in-law, Tina & John Cox of Dugger; sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy and Tom Martin of Lafayette, Penny Daniels of Baltimore, MD, Becky Megenhardt of Lafayette, Nina Cavanaugh of Jacksonville, FL, Sherrie Cavanaugh of De Land, FL, brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul Cavanaugh and Dixie of Bicknell, Larry & Shawn Cavanaugh of Logansport Allen Dennis Hugunin of Shelburn, Grandchildren: Joshua Long, Amanda and Sandra Norris, Breanna and Jacob Leek, Madison Long, and Wrigley Young; great granddaughter, Alexandria Leek; step-grandchildren, David and Michael Bowman, Sean Leichty, Bryan Dillingham, Dillon and Aubry Tarris, Isabelle Bowman, Selena Bowman, Jaden Bowman, Gerry Pirtle, Angel Bowman, Jesse Martin, Tanna Reed and Johna Schaefer; step-great grandchildren, Religh and Benjamin Bowman; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Cavanaugh.
Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the McClanahan-Lee Funeral Home in Jasonville.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor Gregg Orman officiating.
Burial will be at Case Cemetery in Hymera with military graveside rites.