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Margaret Louise Nishimuta
Bobbie Joe Cavnar

Name: Margaret Louise Nishimuta

Born: July 25, 1922, Cushing
Payne County, Oklahoma.

Married: June 26, 1944

Children:

  • James Joseph
  • Rebecca Ann  
  • Mary Louise
  • Nicholas Steven
  • Christopher Byron
  • Richard Paul

Died: October 29, 2006, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Read the Eulogy of Margaret Written by son James

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Name: Bobbie Joe Cavnar

Born: October 19, 1924, Oklahoma City

Died: February 14, 2002, Dallas, Texas

Bobbie J. Cavnar was born in Oklahoma City, October 19, 1924, the son of Byron P. Cavnar and Donnia Mayberry Cavnar.  He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942, one day after his eighteenth birthday.  In February 1947, he landed on a frozen lake in Northern Greenland to rescue the crew of a downed B-29.  He and his crew received a tickertape parade in New York City, were decorated by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and honored by a joint session of Congress and by President Harry Truman.  His 22-year Air Force career included 8 years flying with the Strategic Air Command in For Worth; four years at the Pentagon; and management responsibilities for the Titan Missile program from 1960-1964.  He was promoted to Colonel in 1957 at the age of 33. 

Honors included the Distinguished Flying Cross; the Legion of Merit; and a special commendation by the Secretary of Defense before Congress in 1964.  He retired from the Air Force in 1964 and entered private business in Dallas, where he held executive positions with D.H. Byrd Enterprises and The Post Company.

In the early 1970's, Mr. Cavnar became active in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, a lay movement emphasizing personal conversion and prayer.  A small group meeting in the Cavnar home grew into the Christian Community of God's Delight, a group of more than 300 families that belongs to a world-wide association of lay communities formally recognized by the  Vatican and their local bishops.  

He was also co-founder and Executive Director of Lumen 2000 International, a world-wide organization dedicated to assisting the Catholic Church in the use of television and radio for evangelism.  Lumen has trained hundreds of people form over fifty countries to use modern mass media for evangelization and teaching.  He served on the board of Directors for Catholic Radio and Television Network (CRTN), an organization dedicated to bringing radio and television programs to the people of Eastern Europe and the world, and was Chairman of the Board of Blagovest Media, a non-profit Russian Foundation for Catholic and Orthodox television.   

He was the beloved husband for 57 years of the former Margaret Louise Nishimuta, and devoted father of six children - James, Rebecca, Mary, Nicholas, Christopher, and Richard.  He will be greatly missed by them and his 19 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, by his surviving brother Richard Cavnar of Houston, and by his brothers and sisters in the Community of God's Delight and Charismatic Communities throughout the world.