Norris McDaniel served in Korean War, enjoyed float trips

Thursday, September 27, 2012 | 8:36 p.m. CDT; updated 6:53 a.m. CDT, Monday, October 1, 2012

COLUMBIA — Norris Dean McDaniel of Columbia died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. He was 82.

Mr. McDaniel was born July 26, 1930, in California, Mo., to Clarence and Permelia McDaniel. Mr. McDaniel graduated from California High School and married Janice McDaniel in Versailles, Mo., on June 20, 1954. 

After high school, Mr. McDaniel entered the Korean War and served from 1951 to 1953. Following the war, he and his wife lived in Jefferson City, where he trained in carpeting and floor covering and later owned his own business in Eldon. Mr. McDaniel moved to Columbia in 1958 and worked as a carpenter; he later worked at Shelter Insurance for several years.

Mr. McDaniel enjoyed taking float trips with his sons and was an avid fisherman. He also liked spending time in his shop working with furniture. 

Mr. McDaniel is survived by his wife, Janice; two sons, Gary McDaniel, and his wife, Sally, of Kansas City and Larry McDaniel and his wife, Linda, of 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.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. 

Memorial contributions can be made to Missouri United Methodist Church or Coyote Hill, 9501 West Coyote Hill Road, Harrisburg, MO 65256.

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