After 85 Years, A Cadillac Man is Continuing to Serve His Community
After 85 years, getting around can be cumbersome for many.
But in Cadillac, one man is continuing his service to the community.
“I’ve volunteered all my life.”
Floyd Kanipe turns 85 Sunday, and despite that, he is more active than ever.
Whether it’s volunteering to counsel those with grief at the Cadillac Big Boy, or leading a bible study at the Curry House – he’s making life better for everyone around him.
“I think the whole purpose in us being on this earth is to help one another, and sometimes that’s difficult to get, but what’s so beautiful about it is when you see this make progress. That to me is probably one of the greatest pleasures of being alive.”
Floyd has done a lot in his years, and does it because he enjoys seeing people happy.
“I believe in laughter, I think it’s one of the best medicines we have, I think making people laugh and smile and enjoy life is as important as anything else we do.”
But another driving force behind his compassion is his love and relationship with god.
I was ordained and was a minster in the Church of the Nazarene. I’ve had a relationship with Jesus Christ since I was seven years of age, and that’s probably the best thing that’s ever happened to me. The fact that god loves me is the greatest possession I own.”
In addition to being a minister, Floyd has been a teacher and school administrator.
He now spends time raising money for the historical museum, after 26 project, and Love Inc. as well as sits on the Board of the Wexford County Council on Aging and CWTA Veteran Outreach committee.
“Yes, Ive done that. I’ve done a lot of things in my life.”
But with all that he does, Floyd says there’s one thing he doesn’t like to do…
“I’m uncomfortable talking about myself!”