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Dr. John “Skip” Edward Cave, Jr., 73, died on November 22, 2012 in New Orleans. He was born in San Diego, CA, and grew up in Wilson, WI.

John graduated from Menomonie High School, WI in 1957. He began school at Stout State College until 1959 when he took a position at 3M in St. Paul. He earned a BS in Business in 1966, a MS in Management in 1970 and a PhD in Management in 1975 from the University of Minnesota.

In 1972, he moved with his wife, Carol, and their two young children, Jeff and Shelby, to New Orleans where he began his career at Loyola University teaching Business Policy, Psychology and Management. In 1975, he became Assistant Dean in the College of Business Administration. In 1980, he was promoted to Associate Dean and Director of MBA program. In 1984 he became Dean of the Business School where he served until 1989. He had planned to return to teaching and spend more time fishing and hunting until he agreed to visit Ft. Lewis College in Durango, CO. He fell in love with Durango and spent 14 years as the Dean of the Business School. He also served on a number of boards and co-chaired the Accreditation Committee for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. He served 32 years in academia.

Skip was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. He had great respect for God’s creation and its beauty. Skip had a natural talent to find, buy, fix, and sell almost anything, including cars, trucks, boats and motors. He had a mind for business! He started a number of small businesses of his own and helped others do the same. Two of his favorite businesses were his air conditioning/heating company and his used Ford truck & parts business. He was a positive, no-nonsense, down-to-earth person who was quick to laugh. He was always willing to help anyone who was willing to work. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his son, daughter and their spouses, Jeff (Donna) Cave, Buckingham, PA, Shelby (Steven) Hunter, Metairie, LA, their mother, Carol Cave, five grandchildren, Jared & Hannah Cave, Alex, Maggie & Zack Hunter, brother Sam (Diane) Cave, St. Paul, MN, brother Patrick (Joan) Cave, Seattle, WA, sister Mary (Richard) Jarvis, Wausau, WI, twin uncles Dean & Wayne Wanbaugh, Menomonie, WI, Aunt Mary (John) Widmar, Crosby, MN, Aunt Betty McDonough, Modesto, CA, and sister-in-law Sue Cave, Menomonie, WI.

Skip was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Dennis, Robert, baby William Cave, Aunt Rosamay Devito- Schaeffer and Sr. Frances Wanbaugh, OSM.

A memorial mass in will be held in Wilson, WI on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 1:00 PM at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church. Visitation will be at 11:00 a.m. Sunday until the time of service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: St. Bridget’s Church, Skip Cave Memorial c/o Martha Erickson, 633 Hwy 128, Wilson, WI 54027. You may also sign the online guestbook at: