Clifton Cavanaugh, 80, Emmons

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Clifton C. Cavanaugh, age 80, of Emmons, passed away on Friday, Aug. 11, 2006, at St. John’s Lutheran Home in Albert Lea.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Emmons Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Julie Fiske officiating. Following the service, cremation will take place with inurnment at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, in Garrison, Iowa.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mittelstadt Funeral Home, 902 East Main Street in Lake Mills, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.

Clifton Calvin Cavanaugh was born April 29, 1926, in Garrison, Iowa, the son of Clifton E. and

Nellie (Relf) Cavanaugh. He attended school in Ely and Cedar Rapids, furthering his education at numerous schools of banking.

On June 1, 1947, Clifton was united in marriage with Betty Lou Thibadeau in Delhi, Iowa. Clifton was a teller in a bank in Belle Plaine, Iowa. In 1951, Clifton and Betty Lou moved their family to Clarks Grove, where Clifton was a cashier at the State Bank of Clarks Grove. Clifton retired from banking as the CEO of the State Bank of Emmons. While employed by the State Bank of Emmons, Clifton celebrated 41 years in the banking industry.

Clifton had been a member of First United Methodist Church in Albert Lea, transferring later to become a member of Emmons Lutheran Church. He had been the City Clerk in Clarks Grove, was a member of the Freeborn Banker’s Association where he held offices including President of the Association, and Clifton enjoyed many hobbies. He was an avid stamp and coin collector, he liked to golf, play bridge and cribbage, and loved spending winters in Arizona with Betty Lou.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Betty Lou of Emmons, Minn.; children, Clifton C. Cavanaugh Jr. and his wife, Deb of Spring Green, Wis., Cheryl L. Grosvenor and her husband, Dwight of Emmetsburg, Iowa, and Bradley J. Cavanaugh; three grandchildren, John Bindl, Jessica Hansen and her husband, Erik, and Rebekah Hungate and her husband, Mark; one great-granddaughter, Gracie Renee Hungate; step-father, Walter Ashbacker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; two sisters, Inez Volkman of Mattoon, Ill., and Yvonne Januscher of Berwyn, Ill.; two brothers, James Cavanaugh of Henderson, Nev., and Walter Ashbacker Jr. of Solon, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and a brother, Ralph Cavanaugh.

Mittelstadt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.