Major William Joseph (Joe) Daniels USAF (Ret.)
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Major William Joseph (Joe) Daniels USAF (Ret.) of Pineville passed away Feb. 23 after a lengthy illess with leukemia (MDS). He was born in Tacoma, Washington.
Left to cherish his life is his loving wife of 57 years, Phyllis, his son Michael Daniels, Austin, Texas, daughter Cheryl Daniels, Dallas, Texas, son Dean Daniels and daughter-in-law Margaret Daniels, Cincinnati, Ohio, and granddaughters Kelli Daniels Morin (husband Matt Morin), Indianapolis, Indiana, Katie Daniels, Austin, Texas, and Molly Daniels, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He is also survived by his sister Joyce Ford, Seattle, Washington and brothers John Daniels (wife Nikki), Rockport Texas, Steve Daniels (wife Carole), North Pole, Alaska, Philip Daniels (wife Beckie) Onalaska, Washington, and Dan Daniels (wife Mary), Portland, Oregon as well as several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Joe and Marjorie Daniels, Mats Mats Bay, Washington, brother Jim Daniels, Seattle, Washington and grandparents Clarence and Winnie Miller, Mats Mats Bay, Washington and Carl and Mollie Aberg, Seattle, Washington.
His epitaph from II Timothy 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
He enjoyed his 80 years of life, he loved his family, church, and nation, and learned his values from his Mom and Dad.
His Mom would take the little red wagon to the library and fill it with books, so he was a lifetime avid reader and education was important to him. He was a Boy Scout, a paper boy, and worked at a grocery store as a boy.
He enrolled at the University of Washington after graduation from Queen Anne High School, Seattle, Washington. He joined the Air Force and became a cadet in 1954 and then became a commissioned officer and went through pilot training. He considered flying one of his most enjoyable experiences and would have done it without pay. He flew four different types of airplanes in his career: T-6, B-25, KC-97, and B-47.
His other Air Force assignments were Protocol Officer for President Lyndon B. Johnson's visits at Bergstrom AFB, Austin Texas, ROTC Instructor at East Texas State University, Base Commander at Tin City, Alaska, and Deputy Assistant to the Base Commander at England AFB.
He had a second career at Procter & Gamble, Pineville LA where he was a manager for over 17 years. He retired from P&G in 1991.
He has a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Omaha and a Masters of Science degree in Earth Science from East Texas State University.
He enjoyed his retirement and was active in the community. He was a member of the Alexandria Lions Club and enjoyed participating in their eye-testing program for pre-school and kindergarten children. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Alexandria, where he was a Deacon, Elder, and Clerk of Session. He became a charter member of Woodland Presbyterian Church of Pineville where he served both on the Session and as Clerk of Session. He also enjoyed teaching Sunday School for the mentally challenged children.
He was a member of the Order of Daedalians (retired military pilots organization), the Retired Officers Association, the Krewe of Mystique, Rapides Golf and Country Club, Alexandria Golf and Country Club, and Louisiana College Athletic Club.
His hobbies were golfing, bird-watching, sports (Houston Astros, LSU, Saints), traveling, and running. He ran track at Queen Anne HS and in later life, 5K races through the LC Athletic Club and the Senior Olympics in Baton Rouge.
He loved the extra time that he spent with his family and traveling with them to various destinations that included the Amazon (with son Dean), Grand Canyon (with son Dean and granddaughters), Europe and Africa (with wife and daughter), Israel (with wife), Belgium (with son Michael), cruises with friends, and Antarctica (with penguins).
Visitation will be at Hixson Brothers Pineville LA on Wednesday Feb. 26 from 5-8 PM and Thursday Feb. 27 from 1-2 PM. The funeral will be at Hixson Brothers Pineville LA on Thursday Feb. 27 at 2 PM with Pastor Jane Conerly officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery Pineville with military honors. Pallbearers will be John Daniels, Greg Hodges, Col. Lynn Leblanc, Lt. Col. Jim Piner, Gerald Lemoine, Bill Slater, and John Trotter. Honorary pallbearers are Maj. Herb Morch, Maj. Vince Bakies, Capt. Reade Kates, Capt. Pete Hilldebrand, Bobby Hood, and the Order of Daedalians.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Leukemia MDS Research Center of MD Anderson, Houston, TX, Woodland Presbyterian Church, Pineville, LA or the Alexandria Lions Club.
To extend online condolences to the Daniels family, please visit us at www.hixsonbrothers.com.
Published in The Town Talk on Feb. 26, 2014