Lee R. ‘Bill’ Gavigan

July 19, 1919 – Jan. 15, 2011

Lee R. “Bill” Gavigan passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at age 91 surrounded by his loving family.

Lee married Catherine R. (nee Dempsey) on Sept. 28, 1944, and was her devoted husband and dearest friend for 66 years.

Lee was a loving father to William Gavigan, Mary Kay (Alan) Christiansen, Lynn (Douglas) Mueller and Kelly (Keith) Korb, all of Mukwonago; proud grandpa of Michael (Amanda) Christiansen, Matthew (Samantha) Christiansen, Kay Leigh (Matthew) Sockrider, Nicole Gavigan (fiance Brice McKendry), Sean Gavigan and Jesse Korb; and great-grandpa to Gavin, Chase, Gabriel, Madalyn, Macey, Sawyer, Cole and Mila. He is further survived by other loving relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur P. Gavigan and Viola Olson, and his brother, Jack (Beatrice) Gavigan.

Lee was born in Waukesha on July 19, 1919. Upon graduation from Carroll College in 1941, he entered the U.S. Naval Midshipmen’s School at Notre Dame and served as a naval officer in the Pacific until the end of World War II. For many years, Lee had a private CPA practice in Waukesha. |

A special heartfelt thanks to the caring staff of LindenGrove Nursing Home in Waukesha and Asera Care Hospice.

If desired, memorials to the Military Order of the Purple Heart are appreciated.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at St James Catholic Church, 830 Highway NN East, Mukwonago, with a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. A 1:15 p.m. inurnment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery (at East Broadway and Highway 164), Waukesha. Please meet at the cemetery chapel.

Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.