Robert “Bob” Cavanaugh, 89, of rural Hamler, Ohio passed away Sunday night, October 20, 2019 at The Meadows of Leipsic, Leipsic, Ohio.
He was born February 25, 1930 in Hamler, Ohio to the late Philip and Rose (Dibling) Cavanaugh. Robert was a 1948 graduate of Hamler High School. On June 25, 1952 he married Clara Schroeder and she preceded him in death on February 10, 2019.
Robert and Clara began a business with a nutritional supplement company call Nutrilite. Later they were introduced to two gentlemen just beginning their own company called Amway. They won countless trips to beautiful places like Hawaii, Pureto Rico, Jamaica and the Virgin Islands. Robert also worked years as a skilled carpenter at O.H. Materials of Findlay, Ohio.
He was a faithful member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Hamler, Ohio and the church’s Disciple’s of Christ. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He will be remembered for building furniture and handcrafted items for them.
He is survived by his children, Steven (Joyce) Cavanaugh, Defiance, Ohio; Christine (Timothy) Smith, Sylvania, Ohio; Shelly (Tony) Bendele, Wapakoneta, Ohio; five grandchildren, Ashlee Smith, Amber (Christian) Clasper, Nicholas Smith, Andrew Bendele, and Aimee Bendele; three great-grandchildren, Payton, Lily, and Violet Bendele; sisters, Madonna Alt, Phoenix, Arizona; Mary Margaret Sheets, Holgate, Ohio and brother, Patrick Cavanaugh, Ottawa, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Diane Cavanaugh, grandson, Adam Bendele; sisters, Catherine Veronica Foos and Teresa Panning and brothers, Anthony; Philip Michael and Terrance Cavanaugh.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Hamler, Ohio with Fr. Nicholas Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday at Feehan-Rodenberger Funeral Home, Deshler, Ohio with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m. The family suggests memorials to St. Paul Catholic Church or Putnam County Hospice.