Jerry Brice Canfield
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Jerry Brice Canfield, 66, went to be with our Lord on February 27, 2011. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, at Iles Funeral Home ? Westover Chapel. A service celebrating his life will be held at Noon on Thursday, March 3, at the Church of the Land, Living History Farm, 11121 Hickman Road in Urbandale, Iowa. Burial will follow services at 2 p.m. at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter, Iowa.
Jerry was born on July 31, 1944, in Des Moines to Lillian and Arnold Canfield. He graduated from Valley High School in 1962. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Hancock from 1963 to 1967. Jerry graduated from DMACC in 1972 with an Associate's Degree in Building Trades and later instructed the same classes at DMACC. Jerry owned his own construction company "Canfield Concrete and Carpentry"; building homes in the Ankeny and Des Moines area. Special projects that Jerry was especially proud of involved the construction of a family cabin at Burnt Shanty Lake in Minnesota, the Church of the Land at Living History Farms where he and Kathy were the first couple to get married in 1984, and the Cottages of Pleasant Hill. Jerry recently retired from Consumer Lumber Company as a project estimator. Jerry served God through the Oasis of Love Homeless Ministry and worked with the children at the church. He had recently obtained his Chaplains commission.
He is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Kathryn Canfield of Des Moines; two brothers, Terry (Patty) Canfield of Vero Beach, Florida and Kelly (Debby) Canfield of Adel, Iowa. Jerry's children include Todd (June) Canfield of Hartford, Scott Canfield of Two Harbors, Minnesota and Melissa (Bob) Huffman of Des Moines; step-children, Renee-Lynn (Bud) Harris of Altoona, Michelle Bohall of Norwalk, Michael Kennedy of Kansas City, Missouri and Ryan (Candy) Kennedy of Des Moines. Jerry had 15 grandchildren and five great- grandchildren. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian and Arnold Canfleld.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be given to help continue with the Homeless Ministries, or to help with final arrangements.
Jerry lived for his family - his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Iles Funeral Home - Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322
Published in Des Moines Register from Mar. 1 to Mar. 3, 2011