Gavin J. Caruso, 23


Gavin J. Caruso, 23, of Springfield, died Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Lakewood, CO, while risking his life to save his best friend while hiking.

Cremation rites were provided in Colorado prior to ceremonies. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Butler Funeral Home in Springfield. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed, requiring face coverings and limiting attendance to 50 guests at one time. 

Mr. Caruso was born May 27, 1997, in North Carolina, the son of Raymond J. Caruso and Angela S. (Galman) Blunk.

He attended Glenwood High School, and graduated from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville. While at Glenwood High School, he was active with Glenwood Cable News Network (GCNN), a student-run media station. He was always lending a hand and was known for being spontaneous, adventurous and a great friend. He also enjoyed deejaying and traveling around the United States.

He is survived by his parents, Angela S. (John) Blunk of Springfield and Raymond (Brandy) Caruso of Highlands Ranch, CO; grandparents, John and Lisa Galman of Chatham, Anthony and Dierdre Caruso of Springfield, and Timothy and Patricia Ruppert of Nokomis; siblings, Jack Blunk of Springfield, and Ava and Giavonna Caruso of Colorado; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and cousins, including Mitchell Clagett and Caleb Butler.

He was preceded in death by his beloved dog, Bolt.

Memorials may be made to Ball-Chatham Education Foundation, 1501 Plummer Blvd., Chatham, IL 62629, for funds to be used for technology to support digital communication experiences for students.

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