Clayton Cannavo, 87

Clayton “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 Goldsboro.

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 officiating.

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 provided.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262) 338-2050 /