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Michael Patrick Cannon succumbed to his battle with lung cancer at his home in Huntingtown, MD on Tuesday June 24, 2014. He was 64 years old. Mike was born on December 9, 1949 to Vincent Patrick and Margaret Aileen Cannon. He joined the military in 1966 and served two tours in Vietnam as a Specialist First Class in Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol of the 1st Calvary Division, Airborne Rangers. He was honorably discharged as a first private in 1970, and received the following honors: National Defense Service Medal, three Bronze Star Medals (two with "V" device for acts of valor), a Gallantry Cross Ribbon with Palm, and two Purple Hearts. His exposure to Agent Orange during Vietnam caused the cancer that ultimately took his life. He began working at Chopp and Company, Inc. (now Probuild) in Waldorf, MD in the late 1970's and remained until he retired in 2013. In 1970, Mike met Dana Marlene Chopp and they surprised both of their families by eloping just ten months later. They celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary in 2013. In addition to his wife, Dana, Mike is survived by daughter Mae Elise and son-in-law Richard Roby Fisk, Jr.; daughter Sara Elizabeth and grandson Daniel Lee; daughter Josie Mae and son-in-law Edward Rigney; and son Jeffrey Patrick. He is also survived by all 12 of his brothers and sisters and 49 nieces and nephews. His son Daniel Robert, who passed away on October 28 1978, will meet him in heaven. His loss will be deeply felt by his family, his friends, and the whole southern Maryland community. Visitation will be held at Rausch Funeral Home at 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD between 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday June 27 2014. The service will be held on Saturday June 28 2014 at 10 a.m. at Church by the Chesapeake, 3255 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Rausch Funeral Home Pa
4405 Broomes Island Rd
Port Republic, MD 20676
(410) 586-0520
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Published in The Washington Post on June 26, 2014
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