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Alan Cavanaugh

WEBSTER: Alan Cavanaugh 65, of Brandon and formerly of Webster died on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at his home. His funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, June 10, 2010 at Fiksdal Funeral Chapel in Webster, Rev. Keith Nelson will officiate. Burial with military rites by Herbert McKennett Post 40 American Legion will be at Webster Cemetery. Visitation will be at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster on Wednesday 4-7 P.M. and one hour prior to services on Thursday. Fiksdalfuneral.com. Alan Berdell Cavanaugh was born on Tuesday, June 27, 1944 to Alvin and Flora (Herr) Cavanaugh at Bristol Hospital at Bristol, South Dakota. He attended Elder Grove country school west of Webster where the family lived at the time. On May 27, 1965 he enlisted in the South Dakota National Guard and served until his honorable discharge in 1971. He worked a variety of jobs in the Webster area including Dr. Caley Veterinary Office, Batie Implement, Langager Implement and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks for 18 years. In 1987 he moved to Sioux Falls. On November 23, 1996 he married Susan Hauge. The couple lived in Sioux Falls and then in June 1997 moved to Brandon. He worked as a painter, City Directory and Good Samaritan Center for three years. He also worked at Residence Inn as maintenance supervisor for twelve and one half years retiring in May 2009. Alan was a member of Celebration United Methodist Church in Brandon where he helped build the new church, served on the church board and helped change signage at the church every week. He loved being with his grandchildren and going to all their fun activities they were involved with. He also enjoyed keeping up his yard perfect, going hunting and loved watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. His dogs, Heidi Louise, Tipper Duane and Matt Dylan were his friends and always wanted to go where he went. Alan passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at his home in Brandon at the age of 65 years, 11 months and 7 days. Survivors include his wife, Susan of Brandon; one daughter, Melissa (Travis) Duncan and granddaughters, Sydney and Taylor all of Sioux Falls, SD; a step-daughter, Sheri Hebb and step-granddaughters, Kaitlyn and Kassidy all of Brandon, SD; two sisters, Jeanette Lutz and Joyce (Joseph) Ewalt both of Webster, SD; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and three sisters.

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Alan and I were in the Guards together--he was a hoot and a great guy. We hadn't seen one another for many, many years but that shows how he really did touch peoples' lives. My best to you all.

Shorty Grosek Jun 11 2010 12:00 AM

I am very honored to have been your step daughter for the last 14 years. We have had our share of smiles and our share of tears, just like everyone else in the world. Guess that is what we call life. :) These last 8 months have had many ups and downs and now you are at peace. I enjoyed baking for you, bringing you milkshakes, visiting with you and making you smile. I will miss that dearly, but so glad to have those memories. You will forever be in my heart and I love you!

Sheri Hebb Jun 9 2010 12:00 AM

Alan and I went to country school together for a couple of years. He looks the same now as he did then. I am from the large family of Joe and Sylvia Johnson and just wanted to send our prayers and sympathies to you. It is not easy losing someone, especially at such a young age. God Be with you all!!

Larry and Judy Johnson Picht Jun 8 2010 12:00 AM

Susan, I am so very sorry for your loss. I thought the world of Alan. He would tell me stories and always had a joke to share and a smile on his face. He was certainly a joy to know and I know he adored you. I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Rochelle

Rochelle Rock Jun 8 2010 12:00 AM

Sheri & Susan - Steve and I are so sorry for your loss. Allan has always had one of the nicest yards on the block and when we would drive by, the garage door would be up and both Allan and Susan would be sitting in the garage. Small things like this, we take for granted that it'll always be this way. You are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

Terry Hansen Jun 8 2010 12:00 AM

Susan, Missy and family, My deepest and sincerest sympathy to you at Uncle Alan's passing. I was glad to be able to see him with all of you a few weeks ago. It's hard to take consolation from someone passing away, but he won't be suffering any more, and can you imagine the reception he'll be getting from my Mom, Berdell and Fern. The good Lord will definately have his hands full with those 4 siblings together again!

Doug and Marie Schulz Jun 7 2010 12:00 AM

Sheri and family,So sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one.God only lets us have the ones we love for so long and then he calls them back home.Just remember all the memories and good times you all had while he was here.Your memories will help you get through this diffucult time and you have a lot of friends you can call on.Heaven has another star and that star will be looking down on you and watching you.If you need anything just give me a call.God bless you all.Love Janie

Janie Olson Jun 7 2010 12:00 AM