Richard "Rich" Earl Kavalier, 60 of Dysart died May 13, 2011 at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. following an extended illness.
A visitation was held Monday at Zion Lutheran Church in Dysart from 4 to 8 p.m. A memorial service was held Tuesday, May 17 at Zion Lutheran Church in Dysart at 10:30 a.m.
Burial was at Dysart Cemetery in Dysart.
Richard "Rich" Earl Kavalier Jr. was born June 15, 1950 in Waterloo, to Richard "Dick" and Mary Ann Helm Kavalier Sr. He received his education in Dysart and graduated from Dysart-Geneso High School in 1968. On June 26, 1971 he was united in marriage to Donna Burger at the Zion Lutheran Church in Dysart. Rich and Donna made their home in Dysart all their married life where he worked in the family Implement business until 1987. He then worked for Don R. Havens Company/Hydro Spray for 10 years and during that time started Kavalier Car Washes where he owned and operated 13 car washes in various communities in the area. After selling the car washes in 2004 he drove truck for Larry Lorenzen and also was employed at Lowes in Waterloo. In 2005 he opened the Thirsty Bull Dog Restaurant in Dysart and also for the past three years has working for Barry Ewoldt in his farming operation. Rich's death came at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha after a courageous battle with cancer with his family at his side. Rich was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church and church council and active member of the Dysart community where he served on the Dysart Fire and Ambulance Departments for many years. He also served 2 terms as a member of the Dysart City Council. He held membership and was involved with the Heartland Car Wash Association and the GWRRA . He was preceded in death by his grandparents, father Richard "Dick". He is survived by his wife Donna and one daughter Amy Kavalier of Dysart, one granddaughter Addison, his mother MaryAnn Kavalier of Pleasant Hill, two brothers; Randall (Deb) Kavalier of Altoona, and Rodney (Mary Jo) Kavalier of Traer, and one sister Roxanne (John)Topliff of Waterloo.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established