Bruce P. Canaday was born in Council Bluffs, on September 4, 1952, to parents George and Libernia Canaday. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Council Bluffs.
An avid reader and student in general, he graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School and entered Concordia College in Seward, Neb., with an interest in pastoral ministry and counseling. After college he returned to Council Bluffs and worked many years at Cogley Clinic. Afflicted with diabetes, Bruce became homebound. While in the nursing home, Bruce put his pastoral ministry skills to use leading services and offering comfort and a friendly ear to many as his health allowed. He always loved visits from his family and church family and especially enjoyed the opportunity to talk theology. Bruce entered the Church triumphant on March 21, 2016.

Bruce was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by Kenneth Vanderziel, Donna Larson-Moran, Sue Eldridge, Patricia Frost, James Canaday and Jeanne Canaday-Hosier; numerous cousins, and a host of friends.

Committal service is to be announced. Memorials are directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.