July 10, 1920-May 21, 2012
MARSHALL - Services for Eldon A. McDaniel, 91, of Marshall, are at 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the Marshall Cemetery. Military honors will be furnished by American Legion Post 113. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Hamilton Funeral Home. Visitation will continue at the church on Friday, one hour prior to the service.
He died Monday, May 21, 2012, at the Prairie Home Hospice House.
Eldon Arthur was born July 10, 1920 in Lyon County to Samuel and Marie (Balle) McDaniel. He was baptized in the Christian faith and attended rural school near his parents' homestead.
Eldon was united in marriage to Julia M. Knutson on Dec. 17, 1944, in Marshall. Eldon entered the United States Army on Feb. 26, 1945, and served his country during the World War II. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 6, 1946. After his discharge he returned to Marshall and was employed by Wilbur Osp Tire Shop, then was a route salesperson for Schwans and was employed by MnDOT until he retired 1984.
Eldon's enjoyments in life were fishing, deer and pheasant hunting, gardening, an insatiable sweet tooth, coffee with his friends, laughing and being involved with pranks. He was very frugal and nothing was wasted. At weekly breakfasts with his nephew Dean, a couple of napkins would find a way into his pockets. He also was thankful for the many holiday meals shared with him by Dean, Julie and their family.
He was a faithful member of VFW Post 742 and American Legion Post 113 in Marshall.
Eldon wanted to be and will be remembered as "kind and the best person I could be."
Julia passed away on March 1, 2001, and Eldon joined her in death on May 21, 2012, at Prairie Home Hospice House in Marshall.
Survivors include his daughter Judy (and Howard) McDermott of Grand Rapids; a brother, Arnold McDaniel of Tracy; two sisters, Arlene Buchart of Aitkin, and Shirley Whitlock of Upland, Calif.; many nieces and nephew; also many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Julia; two sisters, Alice Reed and Yvonne Tanghe; four brothers, George, Marion, Irvin and Lowell McDaniel; two half brothers, Adrian and Orville; and two half-sisters, Bernice Peterson and Cleon Stewart.
Blessed be the memory of Eldon A. McDaniel.
Hamilton Funeral Home