Donald Melvin McDaniels age 74, from The Village, OK, died on 9-22-2013, from liver cancer. He was born in South Dayton, NY to Doris Helen Milks and Charles Melvin McDaniels. He is survived by his wife of 36 years Theresa Jean (Owen) McDaniels and 6 children: Donald P. McDaniels of Maine, Darin McDaniels of New Hampshire, Andrew McDaniels of Luther, OK, Melodianne Wood of Houston, TX, Eric McDaniels of The Village, OK and Kathleen Dowell of Bethany, OK and 15 grandchildren.
Donald received 2 degrees from South OKC Junior College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and 1 degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. He enlisted in the Coast Guard after graduating High School in South Dayton, NY and retired from service after 23 years as a Chief Warrant Officer 2.
He raised two of his six children in Alaska and New Hampshire and 4 in Edmond, OK. His hobbies included education, reading a great western or thriller, working with guns, leather and crafting with wood. He loved to play softball in his early years and to watch in later years.
He dedicated his life to the Homeless Outreach Program and the Sooner Stand Down. Donald will be remembered by his amazing wit and sense of humor. He appreciated the finer things in life and cherished the simple things.
Services will be held at 10:00 am on Monday, September 30, 2013 at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Ft. Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, OK.
Farewell My Friends
Farewell My Friends
It was beautiful as long as it lasted, the journey of my life, I have no regrets whatsoever, save the pain I’ll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care, and the heavy with sleep ever moist eyes, the smile in spite of a lump in the throat and the strings pulling at the heart and soul,
The strong arms that held me up when my own strength let me down, each morsel that I was fed with was full of love.
At every turning of my life I came across good friends, friends who stood by me, even when the time raced me by.
Farewell farewell my friends, I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears, for I need them not, all I need is your smile, If you feel sad, do think of me, for that’s what I’ll like, when you live in the hearts of those you love, remember then…… you never die.