Wilfred "Bill" A. Gavin, 79, of Caledonia, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at Caledonia Care and Rehab in Caledonia.

He was born July 31, 1933, in Caledonia to Owen and Anne (Hayes) Gavin. Bill married Josephine Lorenz on Sept. 6, 1951, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Hokah.

In his younger days, he farmed for several area farmers - the Lords, Hendels and Burgs. He also worked as a custodian at St. John's and St. Peter's Catholic Church, where he also cared for the schools and adjoining property. He then worked as a custodian for the Caledonia Public School District.

He served as caretaker for 30 years at Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia, and he also worked at the Catholic Cemetery in La Crosse as well as Caledonia Haulers. He later worked with the MnDNR and Park Systems in the Green Thumb Program.

Bill was an avid gun collector and outdoorsman; he enjoyed hunting, tinkering on cars and small engines...a jack-of-all-trades.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine, of Caledonia; six children, Francis (Vikki) Gavin, Tomah, Wis., Richard (Joan) Gavin, La Crescent, Dale (Joy) Gavin, Winona, Michael (Patty) Gavin and Charles (Pam) Gavin, both of Caledonia, and Cathy (Gene) Krupa, Waukon, Iowa; grandchildren, Kelly, John, Evan, and Garrett, Rick (Jennie), Tony (Stephanie), Shawn (Tessa) and Katrina, Ryan (Katie), Megan (Josh), Nicholas (Sarah), William and Dustin, Samantha (Jordan), Angela and Heather, and Sophia and Justin; great-grandchildren, Michael, Gabrielle, Ella, Ava, Halle, Kendal, Timothy, Gregory, Audrey, and Bailey; a sister, Helen Heinen, St. Paul; brothers, Bob (Ruby) Gavin, Bethlehem, Pa., and Lawrence (Elaine) Gavin, Caledonia; a sister-in-law, Carol Gavin, Caledonia; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Earl, John, Joseph, Jim and Father Harold Gavin; and his sisters, Mildred Hogseth and Mary Burg.

A Mass of Christian Burial was Oct. 6 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Caledonia. Father Gregory Leif officiated and burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia.

The McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.mccormickfuneralhome.net.