Robert T. Cagnon

August 15, 1920 ‒ July 17, 2014

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Robert T. Cagnon, age 93, of Mount Vernon passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.

He was born on August 15, 1920 in Midway, Pennsylvania to the late August and Mary (Kelly) Cagnon. Robert was employed at Pittsburgh Plate Glass in Mount Vernon for eight years, and Rockwell International in Newark for seven years. For 25 years Robert was employed for the Mount Vernon City Schools at Pleasant Street School and was certified as a fired steam boiler operator at the school. He had been a taxi driver in Mount Vernon for many years with 900 Cab Company and also City Cab Company. Robert delighted in his job as the bus driver for the Knox County Head Start program.

Robert had been an amateur boxer participating in boxing matches at the National Guard Armory in Mount Vernon. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving with the 759th Light Tank Battalion as a tank driver in the European Theater of War, during World War Two. He had been awarded many metals for his military service.

He is survived by his daughter, JoAnn (Gary) Hinkle of Mount Vernon; Son-in-law John (Mary) Sherrill of Danville; grandchildren Sherry (Tom) Smith Jr., Cindy (Dave) Waite, Bob (Tammy) Sherrill, Dottie (Tom) Vanwinkle, Mistie (Mark) Hill, Max Bricker Jr. and Kellie Ketter; 17 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren. Besides his parents Robert was preceded in death by his wife Mary Cagnon, his daughter Helen Sherrill, sisters Rose Middleton, Susie Fry, Margaret Blubaugh, Odessa Grennell and Evelyn Carpenter and his brothers Edward A. Cagnon and William Cagnon.

Friends may call on Monday from 6PM to 8PM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. A graveside service, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veteran’s Council, will be held on Tuesday at 2:30PM at Mound View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Relay For Life.

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The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored, to have been chosen, to serve the family of Robert T. Cagnon.


  • Please accept my condolences on the loss of your dear loved one. Take comfort in knowing that our heavenly Creator well soon remove all pain, sorrow, and death forever! May this promise as recorded in Revelation 21 : 3,4 help you gain the strength and inner peace to cope with the days ahead. Philippians 4 : 13. 

  • My deepest sympathies to your family. I didn’t know Mr. Cagnon long, but what short time I did know him he was always surrounded by many loving family members. If that is any sign of the man he was, then he must have been an amazing man. Thinking of your family during this time of loss.

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