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Michael Bernard Kavanaugh

Michael Bernard Kavanaugh of Carbondale died Friday, Aug. 2, 2002, at the Medical Center of Aurora due to complications from brain cancer. He was 59.He was born May 23, 1943, in Lincoln, Neb., to Patricia Marie Malloy and Amos Bernard Cornwell. His adoptive father was Joseph H. Kavanaugh. He was raised in Walla Walla, Wash., with eight half brothers and sisters, and graduated from De Sales High School in Walla Walla.Mr. Kavanaugh attended Metro State College in Denver. He served in the U.S. Navy in Japan and Vietnam from 1961 to 1964.He married Joan Elaine O’Brien on May 21, 1974, in Glenwood Springs. She survives. They lived in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale.Mr. Kavanaugh worked for Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Co. and was injured in the 1985 explosion at the company’s plant in West Glenwood.He was a member of the Sonlight Foursquare Church in Glenwood Springs and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.He was a scholar of ancient history and politics as well as an artist and poet.He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Kavanaugh, and by a brother, John R. Kavanaugh.Mr. Kavanaugh is survived by his wife, Joan Kavanaugh of Carbondale; by his stepfather, Joseph H. Kavanaugh of Walla Walla, Wash.; by sons Michael O. (Mickey) and Shane Kavanaugh of Carbondale; by a daughter, Jillian E. Kavanaugh of Carbondale; by brothers and sisters-in-law Jerry and Tanh Kavanaugh of Rochester, N.Y., Richard and Carol Kavanaugh of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and William Kavanaugh and Kent Kavanaugh of Walla Walla; and by sisters and brothers-in-law Colleen and Greg King of Spokane, Wash., Kelli and Tall Malysheff of Seattle, and Virginia Kavanaugh of Seattle.The All Veterans Burial & Cremation funeral home in Denver is in charge of arrangements.A Christian funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, at Bear Valley Christian Church, 6800 W. Hampden, in Lakewood, with Pastor Bernie Masimer officiating. For information, call 1-800-766-7007.Interment of ashes will be at 2 p.m. Thursday with military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.A memorial service is also set for 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the memorial bandshell at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs.

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