William Kaveloh Jr.
November 7, 1929 – August 8, 2018
William Kaveloh (Bill) Jr. known as Dad, Grandpa, Gramps & Gman to his family, 88 years young, passed away peacefully, with his family gathered around his bedside singing Because He Lives, as he ended his earthly journey, on August 8th 2018, and was welcomed to his eternal life with his Lord and Savior. He leaves behind his wife of 65 years Marion, his daughter Diane (Lee), son’s Todd (Sandy) and Scott (Julie), his grandchildren Jason (Shannon), Derrick (Chrissy), Jenifer ( Seth), Sonja (Caleb), Cassie, Kristen and Tyler, along with his great grandchildren Brandon, Hailey, Hunter, Dillon, Shelby and Ryleigh. He began his earthly journey in Royalton Illinois on 11/7/1929, the youngest of two boys born to Robert and Sue Kaveloh, he was preceded in death by his brother Robert, and his parent’s Robert and Sue. His parent’s had to make a difficult, big move during the depression, going across country to Tucson, a place they had no family, or friends, after his dad became gravely ill with black lung disease, from working in the coal mines, and was told, he must move out west to survive. Bill was only seven years old when they arrived in Tucson, although he would ultimately make Tucson his life time home . He attended Tucson High, then joined the Navy, serving his country on an aircraft carrier. After returning home, he married the love of his life Marion, and started their life together. He first went to work on the Southern Pacific Railroad, staying there eight years before joining the Tucson Fire Department, making that his career, he retired from the department after 20 years of service, reaching the rank of Battalion Chief. He then started a second career as power plant safety officers, first working at Arizona Electric Power, Apache Generating Station in Cochise AZ, then moving to Springerville Generating Station, Arizona Power, when it opened in Northern Arizona, before finally retiring for good. From the time he was a boy, he was taught all the different aspects of the construction trade, he and his brother built his family’s first Tucson home as teenagers, with their dad’s direction, he went on to build several spec homes, as well as his own family’s homes in Tucson, and a cabin in Pinetop AZ. Throughout his life, he pursued his lifelong passion for hunting, evident when you look at the many trophy mounts hanging on the walls of the cabin in Pinetop, they still remain there today. he hunted in Canada, British Columbia, Alaska, and all over the US, he loved to tell all of us the stories of his various hunting trips. In his later years, he and his wife enjoyed some traveling, but many a summer afternoon, you would find him sitting on his porch swing reading his favorite author Zane Gray, or just dreaming of building a self- sustaining property where he would grow, and sell organic beefsteak tomatoes that he loved so much as a kid! Some of his favorite times were entertaining all of his family by making his mom’s famous fried pork chop, fried potatoes & onions, fresh green beans, fried cornbread, tomato & onion salad & strawberry shortcake, all while reminiscing over his adventure packed hunting trips! The cabin in Pinetop was a gathering place for the family, many wonderful memories were made as the grandkid’s grew up visiting, fishing for crawdads in Billy Creek, sledding in the cinder pit, belly boat fishing in Rainbow lake, cutting Christmas trees, having snowball fights, roasting marshmallows in the fire pit….. it was our family’s “happy place”, to gather together, and relax. Sadly when Marion was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the decision was made to move back to their Tucson home, although he sold their beautiful cabin to Derrick family, one of his grandson’s, making their dreams come true, it remains in the family, so the memories continue…. thanks Gramps!
We love you Dad, Gramps, G-man, until we meet again.
I Corinthians 2:9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear has heard, nor heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.
- Funeral Service Saturday, August 18, 2018
- Graveside Service Saturday, August 18, 2018
William Kaveloh Jr.
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August 18, 2018
Most of my memories of Bill were on the job. He was my favorite captain. He gave me the confidence as a rookie firefighter to do whatever I wanted with my career as a firefighter and make a difference.
As many will say, he was one of the biggest men I had ever met. Stronger than many realized. One time at a house fire Bill told me to check the attic for fire extension. The ceilings in the house were 10 ft. high so I turned to go and get a folding ladder when he asked me where I was going. I told him. He told to hang on as he lifted me up through the scuttle hole by my ankles. I weighed 220 lbs back then and I had 90 lbs of fear in. He lifted me like I weighed nothing and held me up there for several minutes. Needless to say, I was impressed.
August 16, 2018
We love you Grandpa
August 15, 2018
My prayers are with the Kaveloh family,may God comfort you during this time. Bill was the kind of man you didn't forget once you met him,much less after getting to know him. I had the pleasure of friendship with his sons and my belly filled with meat from his hunts in years passed. Never won a single argument with the man, but got good advice and opportunity to learn construction and life lessons from him. I can only imagine the void that is filled in heaven by his presence there. I look forward to meeting him there,and thank God for loaning him to this world.
Joy Lynne Bishop
August 13, 2018
Bill was a big man with a big heart; big enough to lovingly enfold my big family of 9 siblings and parents. His spiritual and emotional support saw us through the death of my daddy and the myriad of details that needed attention after. He was a mentor to my brothers, for which I am so very grateful.