Clayton Cannavo, 87|
“Clay” Cannavo of West Bend, died peacefully on Sunday, March 9, 2014,
at the age of 87. He was born on Oct. 8, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa, to
the late Mary Anne (nee Pierson) and Charles Cannavo.
He graduated from high school in Des Moines, serving as class president,
in 1944. Thereafter, he attended Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, and
then served in the US Army during World War II.
After brief stays in Arkansas, Denver and Las Vegas, where he did
electrical maintenance on B-29s, he was stationed at Seymour Johnson Air
Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C. It was there that he met the love of his
life, Charity Wiggins. They were united in marriage on May 9, 1947, in
After marriage, Clay moved to Milwaukee, where he worked for many years
driving truck for Gateway Transportation. He settled in West Bend in
1964. After retiring from Gateway, Clay worked part time as a truck
driver at Lakeland Cartage in Saukville.
Clay loved shooting pool, reading, woodworking and cooking. He loved to
experiment with recipes and was known for his delicious pizzas, chili
and goulash. He also loved grilling out and was known to fire up the
grill during less than favorable weather conditions. Clay also loved a
good joke and had a wit and sense of humor that will be dearly missed.
Clay is survived by his wife of nearly 67 years, Charity, daughters
Marianne Lindquist of Pittsburg, Calif., and Linda Mertens of West Bend,
and sons Steve (Cherry) of West Bend and Cameron (Jennifer) of Oostburg.
He is further survived by grandchildren Heidi Lindquist, Kristoffer
(Sandra) Lindquist, Adam Gebhard, Nicole (John) Stark, Steve Cannavo
Jr., Chris (Anna) Cannavo, Sara Cannavo, Daniel Cannavo, four
great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends. Clay was
preceded in death by his daughter, Laura Cannavo, his parents, four
sisters and seven brothers.
Private services will be held on Thursday, March 13, from 4-5 p.m. at
Phillip Funeral Home in West Bend, with the Rev. Mark Harmon
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. George Mosley
and his staff, and the Kathy Hospice for the care and services they
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262)