7651 S. Jeffery Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60649


Fax: 773.721.9106

Dr. Robert Cavens

Born Into Time: August 13, 1937
Born Into Eternity: February 26, 2016

Dr. Robert Cavens was born August 13, 1937, in Manhattan, KS, to the late William Harold Cavens and Melrose Brown.  He made his transition on Friday, February 26, 2016.  He leaves his loving wife of 34 years, Dr. Paula Lankford Cavens., devoted children, Dr.Arjeme and Robert Cavens II and a host of family and friends to cherish his memory.

Public Viewing:

Wednesday, March 02, 2016
12:00PM-7:00PM (5:00pm-7:00pm) Family Hour
Cage Memorial Chapel
7651 S. Jeffery Blvd
Chicago, IL 60649

Service Information:

Thursday, March 03, 2016
Visitation / Family Hour:
Service Time:
Carter Temple CME
7841 S. Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL




#9 karen cichocki 2016-03-04 21:18
Paula and children: Dr. CAvens was a true gentle man!! He was always vry kind to the patients and staff, never had a bad word for anyone. He loved you so much, Paula. And the kids, too, esp. "little" Bob who he would bring to the hospital and we would babysit him. He was such a good kid!! I remember one story, Little Bob had said something about Paula sleeping in the daytime (she was in school) and he said That's the sun out there , not the mooon, you are suposed to be up!! Dr. C. thought that was bad because Paula needed some sleep and he told Bob the same. I thought it was funny!!
Regardless, please accept my sincere sympathy, He was a great man and the world is much worse without him. RIP Dr. Cavens.
#8 Shirley Belcher Howard 2016-03-03 10:07
You were my friend for over 30 years. I have never met a Dr that could diagnose you with hands on or off. I will miss our talking sessions. It will take some time to get over my loss. Paula & family my heart goes out to u.
#7 Chuck henke 2016-03-03 09:17
Dear Paula and family: My sincerest condolences on the loss of Doc.We worked together from the early days of community until the 90's.You form a tight bond with those who you work with under emergency conditions,he was my friend and brother.He invested in the well being of others.He laid "bricks" in the foundations of other people's life's, mine included.I have many good memories of Bob and have incorporated many of his life teachings in my nursing practice.im sorry that I hadn't talked with him for a while and shared some "old war stories" you will be missed.
#6 Babette Peyton 2016-03-03 04:15
God Bless and Comfort Dr. Robert Cavens family.
#5 Babette Peyton 2016-03-03 04:13
I pray for comfort, strength and lots of love for the family if Dr. Ribert Cavens as we celebrate his Homegoing. My friend Patricia Dunagan said he and his family were in the medical field and part of Black History. My hopes are that an annual Scholarship to a HBCU be set up in his name to celebrate his good deeds. Be Blessed. Much Love. Babette Peyton
#4 Chuck henke 2016-03-02 13:18
Dear Paula and family:
My sincerest condolences on the passing of Doc. It is a hard thing to put into words my feelings of friendship,resp ect and brotherly love that I had for him.We used to talk at length about the "good old days" of emergency medicine.I know it was a lifelong bond of 2 old war horses forged by the trials and tribulations of an emergency room.When he would see a patient he would say "How can I help you?" Not just a casual greeting but he really meant it.Something I have in corporated in my nursing practice and the way that he would hold his pencil like a cigarette and that intense stare when making difficult decisions.Paula if I could every be of any assistance to you or your family,I am at your service.
Doc from one who has fought with you in the trenches,you are loved and will be missed. Chuck Henke
#3 Robin Henke 2016-03-02 10:38
I will never forget his smiling face, calm demeanor and gentle spirit while in the midst of the chaos of the ER. God bless you Paula, we are praying for you and your family.
Chuck and Robin Henke
#2 mark e morris 2016-03-02 08:49
i knew doc and and mrs cavens at 7447 south shore . doc would ask me about me about my diabectes mrs cavens would give green grapes.i wish i could see her to grive with her .i can be reach at 1-773-947-7097
#1 Kate Henke 2016-03-01 15:54
As one of Dr Cavens' patients at a very young age, I was always fond of him. He used to work with my father, Charles or as Doc would call him, Chuckie. You don't really meet people anymore that had such an impact on your life at such a young age, and continued to be a mentor, even when communication lacked. I will always remember sitting on my dad's lap while Doc Cavens stitched up my tongue, over 24 years ago. I will miss you Doc.

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