CALUMET - John Henry Banfield, 75, a resident of Calumet, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2013, at the Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium.
He was born on July 11, 1938, in Calumet, a son of Jan and Elma (Johnson) Banfield. He attended the local schools and worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator for seasonal companies Miljevich Logging, in Wakefield as well as numerous other companies.
John was also a veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy for four years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Leona Leskela; and two brothers, Bill & Roy "Bonty."
John was a member of American Legion Post 291 Hubbell/Lake Linden. He was a Detroit Lions, Tigers and Red Wings fan. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, camping, & working on vehicles.
John recently celebrated his 75th birthday at Sunset Bay Campground.
He is survived by Cheryl Moilanen, the love of his life and caregiver; sons, Darren Banfield of N.J., Brian Banfield of the Detroit area and Mike Banfield of N.J.; sister, Sandra Saatio of Calumet; and several nieces & nephews, including Allan Karvonen of Calumet who also served as a caregiver; Reino, Jimmy and Brian; a sister-in-law, Joanne Banfield of Calumet; and a nephew, Jan Banfield of Calumet.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday. August 19, 2013. in the Erickson-Crowley-Peterson Funeral Home, with Rev. Ken Toth to officiate.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 1 to 2.
Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Ahmeek.
Online condolences may be left for the family at ericksoncrowleypeterson. com.