Dr. Lynn Kadwell, of Canby, OR, passed away on the beautiful morning of August 23rd, 2022, at his home, surrounded by his beloved Family. He was born in Coldwater, Michigan to Zoa and Lewie Kadwell, accompanied by three Brothers, Ken, Dan and Brian, with Lynn being the 2nd eldest. A lover of sports, literature, music and life's best adventures, Dr. Kadwell began his young adulthood studying Voice at Ohio's Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
In college is where Dr. Kadwell would meet his Wife, Diane, who was also a music major. They would be wed on June 6th, 1959. Dr. Kadwell would change his major to Physical Education as he also enjoyed teaching others, but not after long, a professor would encourage Lynn to consider becoming a doctor. At first, Lynn said, "No," but he couldn't get the idea of being a doctor out of his mind. With encouragement and support from Diane, Lynn would enter medical school at the age of 28 years old. Dr. Kadwell would then receive his medical degree from the Chicago Osteopathic Medicine School in 1969 and complete a Family Practice Internship at Mt. Clemens Osteopathic Hospital in Mt. Clemens, Michigan in 1970.
After vacationing in Oregon, Dr. Kadwell had inquired about practice opportunities, and found himself in Canby, OR. He felt Canby was a small found paradise and began to practice here in 1971 with plans of setting permanent roots in Oregon.
During Dr. Kadwell's professional career, he averaged seeing 35-40 patients a day, as well as delivering over 75 babies in the area. He often made home visits to bedridden patients, as well as visits to the local hospitals before there were Emergency Rooms. Dr. Kadwell would practice in Canby for 42 years, and participate in mission trips to Ensenada, Mexico twice a year, with local friends from church and within the community to provide healthcare and supplies to those in need with Olive Tree Children's Ministries, before retiring in 2017 from Pacific Medical Group.
Out of all of Dr. Kadwell's greatest life accomplishments, being a Husband, Father and a grandfather were among his favorites. He and Diane would go on to have two boys, Richard and David Kadwell, and Dr. Kadwell would assist in the birth of his grandchildren, Kristine and Nicholas Kadwell. He also loved to support Diane's successes, as she taught piano out of their home to many of the local musicians in the Clackamas County Area. Lynn always loved listening to the student's progress with Diane's teachings and hosting piano recitals. Family vacations to Eagle Crest Resort in Bend, OR were among a family favorite for spending time together, golfing, white-water rafting and creating countless memories that will last a lifetime.
Dr. Kadwell set the example for not only his family, but all lives he encountered, to always be curious, educate yourselves whenever possible, work hard, laugh a lot, enjoy the music, put God and family first and to play the ball where it lies, no matter how difficult the play is. Just like any difficult play on the golf course, a beloved life passed on is no exception. And with that, we shall play the ball where it lies, and continue with Dr. Kadwell in our loving memory.
To honor Dr. Kadwell's life, an end of an era at Pacific Medical Group and his contributions to the community, we invite you all to honor him with a celebration of life on October 15th, 2022 at 2:00PM at Bethany Church located on 450 S. Ivy St. Canby, OR 97013.