IRON MOUNTAIN - Anthony "Dave" Cavalieri, 90, of Iron Mountain, passed away on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Jan. 13, 1923, in Iron Mountain, son of the late David and Maria (Filipini) Cavalieri. At the age of 14, he and his family moved to Bessemer for four years where he attended school, graduating from Bessemer High School in 1941, and then moving back to Iron Mountain.
After graduating, Dave enlisted in the United States Air Force as a cadet during World War II. He became a Ball Turret Gunner and Nose Gunner on a B-24 Liberator where he received a Certificate of Valor for his services with the 491st Bombardment Group. When the war ended he moved to Lansing and enrolled at Michigan State University, where he graduated with a degree in forestry in 1951.
While he was at State he met and married Irene Olsen of Kingsford at St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church in 1951. After graduation, the couple moved to Kingsford where they would raise their children.
Dave worked at the Niagara Mill for 35 years, where he became wood yard supervisor. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and bowling. Upon retiring they moved to Merriman where he kept busy with gardening and yard work. He especially enjoyed playing bocce ball at the Ray Mariucci Bocce Complex at Iron Mountain City Park.
He leaves his loving wife, Irene Cavalieri of Iron Mountain; his children, Stephen (Debbie) Cavalieri of Iron Mountain, Jean (Lenny) Burns of Iron Mountain, Robert (Gail) Cavalieri of Norway, and Richard Cavalieri of Iron Mountain; 12 grandchildren, Aimee (Tony) Tatangelo, Vincent (Nikki), Christopher, Anthony (Elise), Cole and Lucas Cavalieri, Shannon (Mel), Ryan (Bobby Sue), and Dylan Burns, Alyssa (Lee) Erickson, Amanda (John Paul) Allison and Ian Cavalieri; four great-grandchildren, Aiden and Gavin Allison, Lily Erickson, and Dominic Tatangelo; two sisters, Joyce Whitlock and Sue Kovacevich, both of Lansing; and several nieces and nephews in the Lansing area.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Banfield.
Private family services will be held.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Anthony "David" Cavalieri online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.