Jake Michael Cavanaugh, 22, of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away on December 23, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jake Michael Cavanaugh, 22, of Blue Springs, Missouri passed away on December 23, 2010 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jake was born on July 19, 1988 in Arlington Heights, Illinois, the son of Curt and Jane (Stewart) Cavanaugh. After moving to Blue Springs in 1995, he began his attendance in the Blue Springs School District, graduating from Blue Springs High School in 2007.

Jake played football for several years; his most memorable year was when his Little League Team, the Steelers, won the “Superbowl” in 2001. Jake also played for the Wildcats during high school. He enjoyed working with children and was an integral team member in the Day Care at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, where he was a member. He also had spent time working at Kid’s Country and PrimeTime. For two years, Jake attended MU, where he became a member of the ATO Fraternity. No matter what the circumstance, Jake never complained and never lost his sense of humor. Everyone loved his beautiful smile. His friends and family were very important to him. He was blessed to have a sister, Ali, whom he shared a close relationship with. Jake touched many people’s lives in the short time he was with us. He will truly be missed.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Phyllis Cavanaugh and his maternal grandfather, Stanley P. Stewart.

He leaves behind his parents, Curt and Jane Cavanaugh of Blue Springs, MO; sister, Ali Cavanaugh of the home; maternal grandmother, Marge Stewart of Perry, IA; and many extended family members and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at St. John LaLande Catholic Church, 805 NW R.D. Mize, Blue Springs. A Celebration of Life Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at St. John LaLande with Rev. Don Farnan as Celebrant. Following the service, the family would like to invite all Jake’s friends to continue the celebration of his life in the lower area of the Elk’s Lodge No. 2509, 100 Northeast Brizendine Road, Blue Springs, MO.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in memory of be made to Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City Hospice, or the Jake Cavanaugh Foundation.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs.

Condolences and memories of Jake may be shared with the family online at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.