David Leon Kananen


David Leon Kananen, 84, of Napoleon, Ohio passed away at the Cleveland Clinic on November 27, 2023.

He was born in Laurium, Michigan on October 17, 1939 to the late Eino and Ina (Waanen) Kananen. David married Kathleen Maier on October 10, 1964.

Dave proudly served his country in the US Army. He and Kathy hosted many international students from BGSU over the years, who became like family. He enjoyed curling and playing hockey, he was a season ticket holder for the BGSU Falcon Hockey Team. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening and feeding his birds. Dave and Kathy enjoyed traveling and collecting music boxes together.

He is survived by his children, Laura (James) Lewis, Susan (Brian) Walrath, and Doug (Amy) Kananen; grandchildren, Charlotte, Jacob, and Elijah (Katie) Lewis, Kelley and Tanner Walrath, Ashley, Chase, and Colby Hutchison.

In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy; and sister Nancy (Steve) Sandor.

Friends and family will be received at the Rodenberger-Gray Funeral Home, Napoleon on Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 10 a.m. until the memorial service at 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Online condolences and messages may be shared with the family at rodenbergergray.com.

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