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Kenneth R. McDaniel

Kenneth "Ken" R. McDaniel, age 82, of Linn, passed away Saturday, January 3, 2015, at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City.

Ken was born September 23, 1932, on the family farm south of Linn, a son to the late Roy and Elva (Crider) McDaniel.

Ken attended the McDaniel school in Linn as well as the Linn grade school before graduating from Linn High School in 1950. Ken's height was 5'2" but he played both baseball and basketball while in high school excelling in both.

On September 10, 1955, Ken was united in marriage to Rosemary Bish in Linn. She survives of the home.

Ken enlisted in the US Navy on November 16, 1950 with the promise from the Navy that he could get into aviation. The Navy discovered that Ken was a very good tail turret man and that's where he was used. The Navy also taught Ken how to fly and this is what he did for the last three years of his service time not even taking leave time during those years.

After his enlistment in the Navy, Ken attended the University of Missouri studying journalism and process of printing. He worked for the Iron River Pioneer newspaper in Wisconsin and a newspaper in central Illinois before buying the Linn Observer newspaper where he was the editor and operator. He later sold the newspaper as well as the commercial printing business and worked in Montana and Modesto, CA, where he was employed by the Modesto Bee, a large daily newspaper. Changes in the newspaper and printing business led Ken to try something different so he became an American Family Insurance agent, a job he kept until his much deserved retirement.

Ken was active in politics, having served as the mayor of Belle where he brought his honesty and good business sense to the mayor's office. He started a bookkeeping system as mayor that is still in use today.

After retirement, Ken and his wife enjoyed traveling, spending winters in Texas and Arizona. He visited every state except Alaska. He also enjoyed hunting especially wild boar, quail, pheasant, turkey and deer.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, Ken is survived by: one son, Douglas McDaniel of Linn; one daughter, Marilyn Vaughn of Linn.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, January 5, 2015 at Morton Chapel in Linn.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at St Johns United Methodist Church in Linn with Rev. Floyd Gudde officiating. Interment with full Military Honors will follow in St. George Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kenneth R. McDaniel Memorial Scholarship fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of Morton Chapel, Linn, Mo (897-2214) www.mortonchapel.com

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Ken was a great role model. The door was always open and your kindness will never be forgotten. My prayers are with the family and my sympathy is extended to all who ever had the pleasure of meeting Ken.

Dennis Ruffner Jan 19 2015 12:00 AM

Ken always had a big smile on his face and friendly greeting every time I saw him. He was a good man and I am glad that I knew him.

Mike Flanagan Jan 10 2015 12:00 AM

Rosie, I am so sorry to hear of Ken's death. I didn't know of his passing until after the funeral. I know you will miss him terribly, but he can be assured that he is in a wonderful place and that you will see him again one of these days. Cherish the memories that you make together.

Betty Cavender Jan 6 2015 12:00 AM

Doug am disheartened to learn of your Fathers passing on. Our condolences to you and your family. Larry Eric J Jane

Larry Jan 6 2015 12:00 AM

So sad to hear of the passing of Uncle Ken :( Rosie, Doug and Marilyn my thoughts and prayers go out to you. I'm so sorry for your lose.

Jodie McDaniel Blom Jan 6 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Rosemary and family I was so surprised to hear of Ken's death. I hadn't heard he was ill. You will have to look at all the wonderful memories of your life together, as I do. That helps to get through each day. He is in a wonderful place and God will forever take care of him. I wanted to come down for the visition but it is so cold and I have to have someone bring me. I am hoping we get to visit in the near weeks. Ken and you were such a happy couple and it was fun to be with you. I am praying for you and I cannot lie. It is a very difficult time. Keep the faith and Our Father in Heaven will help you. IN your heart you also know this is true. Love you Rosemary and always have. Your friend and relative Betsy

Elizabeth L "Betsy Voss" Edwards Jan 6 2015 12:00 AM

He was an asset to the community and although I no longer reside there, I am sure a great loss to many. He had many friends.

Tim Butler Jan 5 2015 12:00 AM

My sympathy to all the family. He will be missed. Cherish his memories. Norma Jean Townley

Norma Jean Townley Jan 5 2015 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy--Ken was a wonderful man and role model. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Judy Otto Hedrick Jan 5 2015 12:00 AM

Rosie, Marilyn and Doug, I'm sorry for your loss. Ken will be missed by all of us.

Linda Moore Jan 5 2015 12:00 AM

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