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Edward A. Kavanagh

Edward A. Kavanagh

July 24, 1921 - July 30, 2013

WILLMAR - Edward A. "Ed" Kavanagh, 92, of Willmar, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am, Monday, August 5th at Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Sunday at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar and one hour prior to the 10:30 service on Monday.

Ed was born on July 24, 1921, on a farm near DeGraff, Minnesota, the son of Martin and Bridget (O'Malley) Kavanagh. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Murdock High School in 1940. On August 15, 1942, Ed was drafted into the United States Army, eventually serving in England with the 306th Bombardment Squadron until his honorable discharge on December 7, 1945 at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin.

On October 26, 1957, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Franzen at Church of St. Mary. Following their marriage, they lived in Willmar. Ed worked for JcPenney for 36 years before retiring in 1983.

Ed was a member of Church of St. Mary where he was rarely not seen for weekly mass and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved to golf, golf, golf and also bowled. He enjoyed Country and Irish music, telling jokes, teasing the grandkids with card tricks, his Irish heritage and being with his family. Most of all, Ed loved spending time with his younger daughter Deanne, the joy of his life.

Surviving are his daughters, Gloria (and Millard) Tentis of Burnsville; Deanne Kavanagh of Willmar; daughter-in-law, Pat Kavanagh of Paynesville; grandchildren: Grant (Michele) Tentis, Leslie Tentis (Craig Johnson), Shawntel Danielson, Stacie Kavanagh, (their mother, Dianne Kavanagh); Casey Kavanagh (mother, Pat Kavanagh); nine great grandchildren: Brianna, Weslee, Cole, Calvin, Dalton, Taylor, Morgan, Shaley and Jackson; and great, great granddaughter, Jaylynn. Also surviving are his sisters-in-law, Doris Kavanagh, Mary Kavanagh and Joanne Kavanagh.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Phyllis; son, Bob; twelve brothers and two sisters.