Harold Caviness, 88, of Greenfield died Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, at Adair County Memorial Hospital in Greenfield.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Steen Funeral Home, 101 SE Fourth St., in Greenfield with burial in Greenfield Cemetery. Full military graveside rites were by Greenfield American Legion Head-Endres Post No. 247 and VFW Post No. 5357. A luncheon followed the burial at Greenfield Gospel Chapel. Bill Moore officiated the service. Open visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at the funeral home with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Harold Caviness memorial fund to be determined. Online condolences may be left at www.steenfunerals.com.
Harold Merritt Caviness, son of Merritt David “MD” Caviness and Ila Mae Dwigans Caviness, was born Jan. 3, 1930, in rural Lee Township in Adair County. As a teenager, Harold did custom work for neighbors and worked at the Orient sale barn. He graduated from Orient High School in 1947. In 1952 during the Korean Conflict, Harold served his country in France.
On Feb. 14, 1954, Harold married Beverly Colleen Claussen. He purchased the farm from his grandparents Rollie and Rhoda Dwigans, and farmed in Adair County.
Harold and Beverly often hosted visiting preachers and missionaries.
Harold is survived by his wife of 64 years, Beverly Caviness; son Randy (Janalee) Caviness of Greenfield; daughters, Becky (Alton) Davis of Ozark, Missouri, and Beth (Tilman) LaBuff of Waddell, Arizona; grandchildren, Shannon (Dale) Whitehead, Shane (Jennyfer) LaBuff, Sherah LaBuff, Brandi (Mac) Martin, Jadon Davis and Merritt Caviness; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Ella Ernst and Axton and Ares LaBuff; sisters, Reva Jungst of DeKalb, Illinois, and Lois (Bill) Robbins of Dixon, Missouri; sister-in-law Helen Claussen of California; and many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Ludwig Daniel Claussen and Velma Irene Phares Claussen; stillborn son Ronnie Harold Caviness; brother Earl (Rachel) Caviness; sister Melba (Jay) Moeller and brothers-in-law, Dale Jungst and Richard Claussen.