Donald Wayne “Donnie” Canaday, 80, of Moberly, passed away Monday, January 17, 2022 at University Hospital in Columbia, MO with family at his side.
Donnie was born in Madison, MO on May 24, 1941 to Luther Canaday and Lillian Bradley Canaday.
Donnie joined the army and honorably served his country during the Vietnam Conflict from 1963 to 1965. He was awarded a sharpshooter medal (rifle), an expert medal (rifle M-14), a good conduct medal and a Vietnam service medal. On June 16, 1967 he married Rebecca Garrison and the two spent 54 wonderful years together.
Once Donnie was stateside, he went to work for Bursteads for many years. He later worked for the railroad before being exposed to paint poisoning in 1976. Before retiring he worked in maintenance for Art’s Appliance.
Donnie enjoyed camping, fishing, bbqing and tinkering with his “treasures” in his garage.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Glen, Kay, Eugene, Brenda and Herbie.
Survivors include his wife, Becky Canaday of Moberly; her “special” sister, Tina Esry of Moberly; his children, Sandi Haynes (Seth Gruenewald) of Columbia and Kelly Sanner of Moberly; grandchildren, Zach Canaday, Miranda Haynes (Andres Macias-Villafuerte), Tanner Haynes (Alexandra), Conner Sanner and Kylee Sanner; great grandchildren, Macey Canaday, Jayden West, Caroline Haynes and Alice Villafuerte; brothers, Robert Canaday and Jimmy Canaday; his closest nephew, Rob Canaday (Candis), who’s shop he liked to hang out at regularly and about 20 more nieces and nephews. He was greatly loved and will be missed terribly.
Family will host a gathering of friends on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at Pathway-Millard Family Funeral Chapel from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Inurnment will follow at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville with full military honors.
Arrangements are under the direction of PATHWAY-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 411 Union Avenue, Moberly, Missouri 65270 (660) 263-7284. Condolences may be left online for the family at pathwaymemorial.com.