WASHINGTON - James I. "Jim" McDaniel, 96, of Washington, Ill., died at 3:10 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2014, in Washington, surrounded by his family.
Born on Feb. 25, 1918, in Plymouth, Ill., to Ray and Gladys Twaddle McDaniel, he married Irene Louden on June 8, 1940, in LaHarpe, Ill. She preceded him in death on May 20, 2014, in Washington, Ill.
Surviving are two daughters, Jean (David) Kiesewetter of Rockton, Ill., and Kathleen "Kathy" (Bill) VanMieghem of Morton, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Laurel.
Jim was a staff sergeant in the United States Army during World War II, where he was responsible for setting up movement of soldiers by troop train. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
He started his banking career in LaHarpe, Ill., and then continued to move to various communities with his career. Moving to Washington, Ill., in 1960, he worked for the Danforth Bank, and later became president and chairman of the board of the First National Bank in Washington.
Jim was an active member of Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington, where he had served as treasurer and on various other committees. He was a former member of the Washington Rotary Club and the American Legion. Jim was the 1967 recipient of the Washington Chamber of Commerce Washingtonian Award.
He enjoyed golfing and bowling.
A memorial service for Jim will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Crossroads United Methodist Church. Pastor Tom Goodell will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Cremation rites have been accorded and inurnment will be at Glendale Cemetery in Washington, following the service on Saturday. Deiters Funeral Home & Crematory in Washington is assisting the family with arrangements. Military honors will be accorded by the United States Army.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Crossroads United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
Jim's memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com, where condolences may also be sent to the family.