George James Cavanaugh was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Charlie and Eva Cavanaugh. He was born and raised in Kalamazoo along with his six siblings. He was survived by his sister, Hazel Markus, who then passed 19 days after him, and by his brother Chuck Cavanaugh who then passed 25 days after him. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. He worked as a dance instructor for Arthur Murray's School of dance. He then joined the military and was stationed at Camp/Fort Pickett in Virginia. He served as a sergeant/medic in the Korean War. Med. Co. 32nd Inf. Regt. He received the Korean Service Ribbon, Bronze Service Star, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Combat Medical Badge. After his service, he relocated to Las Vegas Nevada, where he was a chef at several casinos, including the El Cortez for many years, and became a kitchen manager. Being a Heart transplant recipient, he lived almost 25 additional years after the surgery, longer than anticipated. He lived out the rest of his life in Las Vegas where he passed May 27, 2019 (Memorial Day!) He will be laid to rest in Lawton, Michigan along with his dog, Buddy. He was a great man and patriot. You will be forever appreciated and missed. The family will receive friends Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Adams Funeral Home, 502 West Michigan Ave, Paw Paw. A graveside committal service with military honors will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery, Lawton.