Archive for Wednesday, May 10, 2000

Dana Cavender

May 10, 2000

Services for Dana Pearson Cavender, 98, Wellsville were Tuesday at the Church of Christ, Baldwin City.

Mr. Cavender died Sunday, May 7, 2000, at Baldwin City Care Center.

He was born April 1, 1902, in Catsby, Okla., the son of Harden and Fannie "Pearson" Cavender. The family moved back to Kansas in the fall of 1906 where he grew up in the Black Jack area on the Pearson family farm.

From 1935 to 1938 Mr. Cavender owned a butcher shop in Centropolis. He then moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he was a logger. He later moved back to Kansas and made maple syrup from a sugar maple grove, which still stands, on the family farm. In the mid-60's he was the driving force behind the first Breakfast of the Prairie.

He married Nina Elma Rader on June 25, 1925. She later died. He married Rita J. Wilson on Sept. 30, 1962, in Pleasanton. She survives of the home.

Survivors include a daughter, Evelyne Peery, Sacramento, Calif.; three sons, Jim, Wellsville; Joe, Caney; and Bill, Baldwin; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorials to Royal Neighbors for Dogs for the Deaf, sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin City 66006.

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