Dan Canfield

Dan Canfield, formerly of Rossford, Ohio, died Monday, October 9, 2017, at the Ohio Veterans’ Home in Sandusky, Ohio. Mr. Canfield was 95. Mr. Canfield was born June 19, 1922, in Toledo. After graduating from DeVilbiss High School, he spent two years studying engineering at Northern Michigan Technical University in Petosky, Michigan. Mr. Canfield loved hockey and chose Northern Michigan Tech because he learned they had an outdoor rink which could open early as September. After two years at college, he was drafted and deferred his enrollment for six months. He entered active duty April 1943, and served his country in the Army until March 1946. When he returned from active duty, he went to work at Libby-Owens-Ford in Rossford as a line worker, staying there all of his employed life until he retired in 1967. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during active duty. He remained proud but humble when asked about his military service. One of his great delights when wearing his veteran’s cap and strangers would thank him for his service was to tell them he still had a bullet in him. No one ever failed to appreciate this interesting piece of information. The bullet, which had lodged in his left shoulder, was deemed better left untouched by military physicians so it was never removed. To her credit it was only discovered when his wife, Betty, determined a physical exam was in order prior to their wedding in 1994. Dan married the former Betty Brundage Utterback, also of Toledo, in October 1994. They were delightfully married until Betty’s death in 2011. After her passing, Mr. Canfield moved briefly back to his home in Rossford, which he had faithfully maintained most of his adult life aside from his time in the U.S. Army. Subsequently, he moved to West Park Retirement Community and ultimately to the Ohio Veterans’ Home in Sandusky. Mr. Canfield loved his wife, his home in Rossford, and hockey. He is survived by his stepdaughter Lynn Ingram and her husband Jim of Boston, Massachusetts. He also is survived by his stepson Rick Utterback and his wife Nele of Deerfield, Illinois. Additionally, he is survived by several nieces and nephews from Virginia Beach to Chicago. Finally, he is survived by his caretaker Pam Auger of Sandusky, whose love and compassion in his later years lengthened and improved his life beyond measure. A private memorial was held at the home he loved all of his life. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517

 

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