Michael Canfield

Michael Canfield, 74, of Belle Plaine and formerly Waconia passed away Sunday, March 28, 2021 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine.

Michael Canfield, 74, of Belle Plaine and formerly Waconia passed away Sunday, March 28, 2021 at The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine.
Graveside service will be held Friday, April 9 at 9:00 a.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.
Mike was born in Minneapolis to George Lucian Canfield and Eileen Agnes (Heltemes) Canfield. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith. Mike attended West High School in Minneapolis Minnesota.
Mike was a proud veteran. He enlisted in the army on  June 5, 1967. He served in the 101st Airborne Division. as well as the 1st Battalion in the 151st Field Artillery Unit. Mike was primarily a cannoneer, but was also a radio man. He served his country for 26 years as an active and army reservist. Mike was a decorated soldier earning the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Army Reserve Achievement Medal. He was also awarded the Army Service and Minnesota Service Ribbons. His field commander in Vietnam, Richard H. Whittington, wrote “Your soldierly conduct, positive “can do” attitude, and willingness to carry more than your share of the load, without regard for your own welfare or convenience, have been most noteworthy and deserving of the highest praise.” Mike Canfield was a credit to his country and we are grateful for his many years of service.
In his civilian life, Mike had a variety of experiences. He worked for the Burlington Northern railroad. Mike also worked as a newspaper bundler for the Star Tribune. He was at times a dishwasher and also worked as a general groundskeeper. In his spare time Mike was an avid bowler and won several bowling trophies.
Mike married Sharon Sloan on May 23, 1986. They had two children. George Mike Canfield was born on April 18, 1987 and lives in St. Paul. Sean Anthony Canfield was born on March 21, 1988 and lives in Brainerd.
Mike married Betty Jean (Latzig) Canfield on June 17, 2000  and resided in Waconia. During their 20 years of marriage they shared a love of playing cards and fishing. Both Betty and Mike were avid Viking and Twins fans and enjoyed cheering on their favorite teams. As they aged, they were blessed to be able to move to The Lutheran Home in Belle Plaine to receive skilled care. They were able to continue to spend quality time together while getting their additional unique needs met. As Mike became less mobile, he enjoyed painting, coloring and crafting. He also enjoyed playing Bingo and gifting his prizes to his grandchildren.
Mike is survived in death by his loving wife, Betty Canfield; sons, George of St. Paul and Sean of Brainerd; step-children, Ellen of Burnsville, JoAnne (Tim) Gramith of Chaska; grandchildren, Lillian, Isaac and Katherine Gramith; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Mike is preceded in death by his parents, George and Eileen Canfield; his brothers, Bill (Janet), John and Jerry (Kathy) Canfield.

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