Created on Friday, 04 October 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Michael Lee Kavanagh, 70, of West Mansfield, died peacefully Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in the comfort of his own home with his family at his side following a long illness.
He was born on the family farm on Wellwood Road near Byhalia on Oct. 12, 1942, to the late George and Lois Lavere Fogle Kavanagh. He also was preceded in death by a brother, Stanley Kavanagh.
On March 16, 1962, he married the former Jane Penhorwood at the Bethel United Methodist Church and she survives, along with his six children, Bruce (Jodie) Kavanagh of Rushsylvania, Brian (Jocelyn) Kavanagh, Brent (Renee) Kavanagh and Bethanie (Chad) Musser, all of West Mansfield, Belinda (Samuel) Evans of Peoria, Ariz., and Bradley (Tammy) Kavanagh of Buena Vista, Colo., and a close family friend, Carlos (Lucy) Macias of Phoenix; 11 grandchildren, Steven (Sally) Evans, Dustin (Kaitlyn) Long, Christopher (Julianna) Evans, Amanda (Luke) Poppe, Adam Kavanagh, Mikayla Kavanagh, Matthew Kavanagh, Mikenzie Kavanagh, Ethan Kavanagh, Jalynn Musser and Micah Musser; his siblings, Georgene (Larry) Lutz of Orient, Ted (Suzie) Kavanagh and Duane (Barb) Kavanagh, both of Richwood, Dan (Shelly) Kavanagh of Batavia, Donald Kavanagh of Houston, Texas, and Philip Kavanagh of Lakeview; and many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors and friends.
A truck driver for many years, Mike will be remembered as a devoted family man and avid horseman. He was a 1960 graduate of Byhalia York High School and attended Ridgeway United Methodist Church.
He was a former member of the West Mansfield Conservation Club and enjoyed attending the club’s monthly fish fries.
Mike was passionate about working with horses and horseback riding, and he held a special fondness for mules and donkeys. He enjoyed camping, hunting, trapshooting and traveling, and filled his time by attending many local auctions.
More than anything, he cherished the love of his family and treasured time spent with them.
Calling is from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield. Family friend Pastor John E. Lockwood of Xenia Community Church and the Rev. J. Mac Guisinger conduct a funeral at 3 p.m. Sunday at the West Mansfield United Methodist Church. Burial follows at York Cemetery, York Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to Caring Hearts of Ohio, c/o Universal Home Health & Hospice, 701 S. Main St., Bellefontaine, OH 43311; and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202, www.lls.org.
Express condolences at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.