The Oskaloosa Herald
Sy Cavan, the son of Sor Cavan and Mouane Lothi, was born March 4, 1921, in North Vietnam, Son La, and served as a Marine in the French military. In 1954, he was united in marriage to Noi Quang in Laos, and Noi died Dec. 10, 2008. Early in life, they moved to Laos to farm. In 1984, he retired and moved to the United States of America. He then worked from his home making grapevine decorations for a company in Lamoni. In 1993, he moved in with his son, Nick, in Oskaloosa. He was a member of the Sotaf Society. Sy enjoyed doing crafts and weaving bamboo. On Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, Sy died at the Mahaska Hospital in Oskaloosa, at the age of 91 years, 10 months and 6 days.
He is survived by his three sons, Anh (and Noi) Cavan, of North Vietnam, Hao (and Feuang) Cavan, of Toulouse, France, Nick (and Seuam) Cavan, of Oskaloosa; four daughters, House Lothi, of North Vietnam, Chuch Cathi, of Oskaloosa, Deng (and Mitchell) Faureste, of Toulouse, France, and Dia (and John) Reese, of Des Moines; 27 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Noi, Sy was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Feng Cavan, Song Cavan and Sam Cavan.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with Edward Kavan and the Rev. Rodney DeRonde officiating. As was Sy’s wish, his body will be cremated following the funeral ceremony. Burial of the cremated remains will be at a later date in the Old White Cemetery, Oskaloosa. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.