Richard M. ‘Dick’ Canfield, 95, LEFC pastor, family counselor, radio producer, Rocky Mountain Snacks founder

By on November 2, 2016

The Rev. Richard M. “Dick” Canfield, 95, of Manheim, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown.

Born in Munden, Kansas, he was the son of the late Roy A. and Lois Williams Canfield. Dick was the loving husband of Elizabeth Mahaffey Canfield of Manheim for 22 years. His first wife, of 47 years, was the late Juanita Lortz Canfield, who died in May 1992.

Dick was a member of Hershey Free Church where he had served on the interim pastoral team and as visitation pastor. He also served as visitation pastor at Lancaster Evangelical Free Church. He was a well-known family counselor; and in his early years Dick worked as a counselor for Philhaven Behavioral Health in Mount Gretna; later he operated Keys Counseling Center in Manheim. Dick was founder, director, and producer of a distinguished inspirational radio program “Keys to Better Living” that was broadcast through national syndication and locally through WDAC radio for 23 years.

An entrepreneur, Dick was the founder of Rocky Mountain Snacks in Wyoming; he also had a keen interest in beekeeping and in his later years enjoyed selling his own local honey. He had a deep lifelong passion for his Lord and for his family; and felt blessed that he could humbly help those in need through his life and ministry. Dick had a deep passion to pray with and for others.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Elizabeth; are three sons: Ronald Canfield of Tampa, Fla.: David, husband of Maria Canfield, of Los Gatos, Calif.; Richard D. Canfield of Raleigh, N.C.; four daughters: Cheryl O’Brien of Wake Forest, N.C.; Patti Canfield of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Jan, wife of Bill Longenecker, of Manheim; Joyce, wife of Steven Courtney, of Manheim; 20 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and a brother: Donald, husband of Mary Ann Canfield. of Bellville, Kansas.

Preceding him in death is a son: Robert Canfield; a daughter: Judith Forry Gatchell; and a sister: Doris Davenport.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Dick’s service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving at the Manheim Brethren In Christ Church, 54 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, on Monday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. There will be a viewing at the church on Sunday afternoon from 4 to 5:30 p.m., with additional viewing time on Monday morning 45 minutes prior to the service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family in Manheim Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent in Dick’s memory to: Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862.

To send the family online condolences, visit Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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