CAMERON—Funeral services for Michael Grant Cahill, 62, of Cameron were held Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at St. Monica's Catholic Church in Cameron. Interment will take place in the spring of next year in Montana.
Rosary was recited on Saturday, Nov. 14, at St. Monica's Catholic Church.
Mr. Cahill died Thursday, Nov. 5. He was one of the 13 victims of the shootings at Fort Hood Army Post.
He was born July 16, 1947, in Spokane, Washington, to Richard and Edith Cahill.
Mr. Cahill grew up in Spokane and graduated from Rogers High School in 1965, where he was a member of the cross-country team.
He joi ned t he 161st Un it National Guard around 1966 and was trained as an infantryman.
Mr. Cahill attended Spokane Community College and Eastern Washington University, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1973. He also atteded Carroll College and Northern Montana College in Montana.
Mr. Cahill met his wife, Joleen (Murphy), a Gonzaga University student in 1969. They were married in Spokane on Sept. 24, 1972, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church and they spent their honeymoon backpacking around Europe.
During their early married years, the Cahills resided in Montana— Great Falls, Havre, Boulder and Wolf Creek.
Mr. Cahill was an EMT working at Columbus Hospital and Boulder State School. He then became a physician assistant through the Army National Guard at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
He graduated in 1985 with a degree from the University of Oklahoma and was commissioned a Warrant Officer CW2.
Mr. Cahill then moved the family back home to Montana and practiced at a V.A. clinic in Billings. The family then moved to Oregon, where he practiced at the V.A. Hospital in Portland and a small rural clinic in Bly. He was the last 24/7 health care professioanl to work at the remote Bly clinic.
In 1992, the Cahills moved to Post where he continued family practice at a small health care clinic.
Mr. Cahill retired from the Army National Guard after 23 years of service with the following units: Spokane, Washington; Havre, Helena and Boxeman, Montana; Portland and Medford, Oregon; and Lubbock.
At that time, he was presented with a unique opportunity to work for Hughes Corp. at a remote missile site in Russia, as as medical care provided and inspector.
After which the family moved to Cameron in 1997, where Mike continued his life's work—practicing family and rural health care with Dr. Sydney Richardson.
Mr. Cahill's career brought him to the V.A. Hospital in Temple and the last seven years at Fort Hood's health care clinics and Soldier Readiness Center.
He was involved with the Rural Health Initiative in Texas and the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, where he also served as secretary and was an adjunct professor for Baylor University, teaching the next generation of physician assistants.
Mr. Cahill also served on a variety of committees, MH-MR boards and health organizations.
He was a voracious reader of history, biographies, science fiction (especially Ursula LeGuin), medicine and current events. He often read two or three books at one time.
Mr. Cahill's many hobbies included photography, collecting antiques, stamps and coins, researching genealogy, and participating in local community theater. He also loved old movies, especially Dr. Zhivago.
Mr. Cahill made it his mission to stay current on world events and politics and could talk for hours on virtually any topic.
He had a love for travel that he passed on to his entire family, which is why he was so proud of his children for being able to study abroad and fulfill their educationa and personal dreams.
Mr. Cahill loved his wife dearly and could not imagine life without her. He was passionate about his work and having the honor of caring for patients and the soldiers at Fort Hood.
Mr. Cahill was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Patricia Cahill Kraut; and a nephew, Richard Kraut.
Survivors are his wife, Joleen (Murphy); two daughters, Keely Vanacker (Lee) of Kerrville, Kerry Cahill of Chicago, Illinois; a son, James Cahill of Levelland; a grandson, Brody Vanacker; and two sisters, Marilyn Cahill Attebery of Spokane Valley, Washington, Rebecca Cahill of Lincoln City, Oregon; also, numerous cousins, nices and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Soldier's Angels, TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors), National Association of Free Clinics or Doctors Without Borders. There is also an account set up at Classic Bank in Cameron for those wishing to support the Cahill family.