American Veteran 04

Floyd "Bud" Kanny

January 20, 1933 ~ December 22, 2021 (age 88)


Floyd Morton Kanny, fondly known since childhood as Bud, born January 20, 1933, in Detroit, MI to Floyd John and Eleanor (Morton) Kanny, passed away on December 22, 2021.  Bud was raised by his father after his mother died in 1939 when he was only six.  Bud attended St. Mary of Redford Catholic Schools where he excelled in sports and graduated in the class of 1952.  One of the highlights of his high school experience was leading his football team to victory in the 1951 Goodfellow Football championship.  Bud married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Ann Ruffing, on January 10, 1953, and they were soon to celebrate 69 years of a loving marriage.  They have lived in the same Farmington house for 67 years.

Bud enlisted in the United States Army and served for two years overseas during the Korean War.  He returned stateside and became a journeyman apprentice, eventually working for General Motors for more than 45 years as a tool and die maker.  While at GM, Bud was often recognized for suggesting and implementing many cost improvement ideas. 

Bud was a proud father of six children:  Patricia (W. Gary) Hardy, Michael (Karen) Kanny, Mark (Leslie) Kanny, Gerrianne (Newton) Hurst, Lori (Scott) Hay, and Matthew (Kimberly) Kanny.  He was a loving and supportive Pops/Popi to 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  Bud was a brother-in-law to Brother Robert Ruffing, CSSR and a favorite uncle to Caron (Charlie) Enos and Colleen (John) Hunter.  He was pre-deceased by his sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Thomas Kennedy and nephew, Tom Kennedy.

Bud believed in working hard and doing whatever he needed to do to provide for his family.  During work outages at GM, he often sought employment at job shops to make ends meet and was often seen helping at Our Lady of Sorrows.  After retirement, he continued to enjoy golf, and he and Pat loved to travel.  They were also enthusiastic fans at any event featuring their grandchildren or great grandchildren.

While our hearts are saddened that he is not with us this Holiday season, we find comfort that for the first time in more than eight decades Bud is celebrating Christmas with his Mother, Father, and Sister.

The Kanny family will receive guests 2:00-8:00 PM with a 7 pm Rosary Service, Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at the funeral home.

A Funeral Mass for Bud will be 12:30PM (in state 12:00 PM) Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 23615 Power Rd., Farmington.

If you would like to make a contribution in his memory, please consider:

Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School, 24040 Raphael Rd., Farmington, MI 48336  Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516

Favorite Charity of Your Choice

A celebration of his life will be held in the summer of 2022 for family and friends when the weather he loved will be sunny and warm.  He was kind and generous with his time and will be fondly remembered by many.  If you met him, you had an instant friend.  You probably have a story to tell that would reflect the man we all loved.


To send flowers to Floyd "Bud" Kanny's family, please visit our floral store.


December 28, 2021

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thayer-Rock Funeral Home
33603 Grand River Avenue
Farmington, MI 48335

December 28, 2021

7:00 PM
Thayer-Rock Funeral Home
33603 Grand River Avenue
Farmington, MI 48335

Funeral Mass
December 29, 2021

12:30 PM
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church
23615 Power Road
Farmington, MI 48336

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