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Obituary for Donald Roy Canfield
Donald R. Canfield, 93, of Belleville, Kansas, was born September 26, 1929, to Roy and Lois Canfield on the farm in Rose Creek Township in Republic County, KS, and passed away on September 18, 2023 in Belleville, Kansas.
He graduated from Chester High School. He served in the Army for two years and was stationed at Fort Riley. Upon his honorable discharge from the army in March of 1960 He began attending Kansas State University, from which he graduated with an Ag Education degree. Which he would use as a teacher in Riley KS, and later in Byron NE.
He met Mary Ann Sobering through a series of match making from his brother Richard, and her family through Back to the Bible in Winnipeg Canada, and in Lincoln NE. They were married July 24, 1954. They would develop and maintained a very close and caring relationship for 69 yrs. To this union 3 children were born. Karen, Leslie, and Allen. Allen passed away not long after birth.
Don worked for Federal Land Bank where he would move the family to Bassett Ne, Decorah Iowa, and to Beatrice NE.
These moves would be just a few of the many moves they would make over the years to come.
The family moved back to the Kansas farm where he pursued farming and his educational dreams. He pursued and obtained his Master Degree and later his Doctorate in Education.
While on the farm he turned his efforts toward a career in the Banking industry of which he would help the Byron Ne Bank to become a full-service bank. Then later they moved to Cawker City, KS where he managed the Waconda State Bank.
As the years unfolded, they continued with moves to Nebraska to serve in the administer of Nebraska Christian High School, and then to Wyoming as Principal of Albin High School.
Upon retirement they continued their love for the Mountains and God’s creation with many hikes and bike rides. They traveled to many different parts to enjoy the beauty and the warm winter temperatures.
Don had many talents, enjoying photography and wood working. He would help his family with several building projects. In his later years he developed a love and skill for carving all sorts of figurines. He was asked how he could take a block of wood and carve such a unique character. He said, I just took off what didn’t look like what I wanted it to become.
Don was preceded in death by his Parents Roy and Lois Canfield, Infant Son Allen, brother Richard Canfield and sister Doris Davenport.
He is survived by His wife Mary Ann, Daughter Karen and Husband Neal, Son Leslie and wife Shareen.
Grandchildren, Danae and Joseph Rundus, Chris and Sarah Dake, Darrell Canfield, Bryan Dake, Darci and Cody Ritter, Kari and Jason Rundus and Deidra and Casey Hinman. 14 Great Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Saturday, September 23, 2023 at Landmark Church, Belleville, Kansas, with Pastor Les Canfield, officiating. Interment will follow at the Chester Cemetery, Chester, Nebraska.
Friends may call from 1 PM until 8 PM on Friday at the Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS where the family will greet friends from 6 PM until 8 PM on Friday.
Memorials are suggested to the Landmark Church Building Fund. Online condolences at www.bachelor-surber.com
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, Kansas is assisting the family with the arrangements.