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Michael "Micky" J. McCanna

August 3, 1955 — December 23, 2021

Michael "Micky" J. McCanna

Michael “Micky” J. McCanna, 66 a life-long resident of Devils Lake ND passed away on Thursday, December 23, 2021, at Sanford on Broadway, Fargo ND with his son at his bedside.

Mass of Christian Burial for Micky will be held on Thursday, December 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Very Reverend C.F. Wilhelm celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in the Devils Lake Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the Gilbertson Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 29th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Michael Jay was born on August 3, 1955, in Devils Lake the son of James “Jay” and Delores “Del” (Wagner) McCanna. Micky was reared and educated in Devils Lake, attending Central High School. As a young man, he went to work at “Del’s Drive-In” to help support the family.

Micky married his high school sweetheart, Maria Anne Solga on November 13, 1976, in Devils Lake. They lived, worked, and raised their family together through the years. Maria died on February 3, 2005.

After Del’s closed, Micky began working in the health care field. His kind, caring and patient demeaner were valuable traits when he worked as a CNA at the Good Samaritan Care Center and Heartland Care Center. For many years, Micky worked with REM and had just recently retired from LRC.

Micky was an exceptionally talented musician and was the drummer for several bands including “The Bee Jays,” “Reckless” and “Cross Country”. He loved the “band scene” but had to retire due to carpel tunnel issues.

Micky had a passion for classic cars and was always part of “Devils Run.” He was a motorcycle enthusiast, so along with good friends Jay Tabor, Fran Schumacher and Rich De’Arton they were known as the “Over the Hill Gang” because they were riding Hardleys.    

Micky had so many losses in his life, but felt so very blessed to have his son Jay always there for him and to have so many loyal friends. Micky will be forever in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

Micky’s family include his loving son Jay and Dehan Schwan, Devils Lake; granddaughter Reygan McCanna, Roseau MN; brothers and sisters Earl “Sonny” McCanna, Devils Lake, Kathy Benson McCanna, Parrish, Florida, Jim McCanna, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Betty Ann Johnson also of Devils Lake ND; many nieces, nephews and their families. 

He joins in Heaven his Lord and parents, wife Maria, daughter Jasmine Dawn McCanna who died in 2015 and his grandparents.

Urn Bearers will be Jay Tabor, Fran Schumacher and Rich De’Arton. Honorary Bearers are all of Micky’s Friends from Thirsty’s.  Reading the Scriptures will be Jason Pierce and Eucharistic Gift Bearers will be Chris Jaeger, Michael Auker and Cody Merrick. Music will be provided by Patty Cote and Marla L



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Past Services

Gathering of family and friends

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Gilbertson-Gloger Funeral Home

509 U.S. Route 2, Devils Lake, ND 58301

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Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

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