Norris Dean McDaniel, 82, of Columbia, passed away Thursday, September 27, 2012.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. 9th Street, Columbia. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 29 at the church. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Norris Dean was born on July 26, 1930 in California, MO to Clarence and Permelia McDaniel. They both preceded him in death. Norris was confirmed in the Evangelical Church in California in 1944. After graduation from California High School, he was employed at a Lime Quarry in California until he entered the Korean War. Norris served his country from 1951 to 1953. He married Janice McDaniel in Versailles, MO on June 20, 1954. They lived in Jefferson City where he trained, on the GI Bill, in floor covering and carpet laying with Milo Walz. Norris later opened his own business in Eldon, MO. After moving to Columbia in 1958 he worked as a carpenter for Harry Moreau and later spent several years working for Shelter Insurance.
His greatest pleasure was the float trips he took, with his sons, on many of Missouri’s rivers and streams. He was an avid fisherman and many special days were spent in his shop working with beautiful furniture.
Norris is survived by his wife, Janice; two sons, Gary and Sally McDaniel of Kansas City and Larry and Linda McDaniel from Gladstone; two grandchildren, Jenna and Alyssa McDaniel of Gladstone; two brothers, Wallace of North Carolina and Harley of California; one niece, Deanna Alter; one great nephew, Gary David Alter and one great niece, Kelly Higgins all of Colorado Springs, CO.
Memorial contributions may be made to Missouri United Methodist Church or Coyote Hills, 9501 West Coyote Hill Road, Harrisburg, MO 65256.