Donald Kent McDaniel

 
Donald Kent McDaniel, age 85, of Warsaw, MO, passed away at his home Saturday morning, June 2, 2018. He was born on the family farm near Warsaw, MO, on November 18, 1932, son of John T. and Lillian Pearl (Stover) McDaniel.
He attended school in Lincoln and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1950.
On July 22, 1952, he married the love of his life, Mary Lou Sumners. Six months following their marriage, Donald enlisted into the United States Air Force which took him to places all around the world. He had been stationed in California, Illinois, Missouri, Japan, Texas, Africa, France, Germany, Florida, Alaska and South Carolina, with two tours in Korea and one tour in Vietnam. On September 1, 1975, he was honorably discharged and retired after 23 years of service at the rank of Senior Master Sargent. He later retired from Civil Service employment. 
Donald had received numerous medals, ribbons, and two USAF commendations; one while working with the Tactical Air Warfare Center on a highly classified Department of Defense project and the second commendation was received for meritorious service while an advisor in Vietnam.
After retirement, Donald and Mary returned to make their home near Warsaw where Donald ran a cattle farm. He enjoyed being in the hay field, gardening, hunting, deep sea fishing, swimming and helping his friends and neighbors. In his spare time, they hit the highway in their motorhome traveling the United States and Canada.
He was a member of the VFW Post #5925 of Lincoln and a member of the American Legion Post #642 of Sedalia, MO.
Donald was first and foremost a Christian, he was a faithful and loving husband, father and grandfather whose family meant the world to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, John Clayton, Connelly Newton, Thomas Leslie, William Hubert and Joseph Lloyd McDaniel and a stillborn sister.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Lou, of the home, their daughter, Terri and her husband, Pete Richardson of Lincoln, MO, one granddaughter, Ashlyn Dawn Richardson also of Lincoln, numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and many friends.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the Davis-Miller Funeral Home in Lincoln, MO.  Visitation will begin at 1:00 P.M., Wednesday.  Burial with full military honors will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery south of Lincoln, MO.  Memorials may be made to the Benton County Health Department or Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in care of the Davis-Miller Funeral Home, P.O. Box 400, Lincoln, MO 65338.

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