DUKE CENTER - Terry Danielson, 71, of Main Street, passed away Saturday (Oct. 29, 2016) at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
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Born Feb. 13, 1945, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Lawrence and June Wolford Danielson. He spent 28 years with his wife, friend, and companion, Bev Danielson.
Terry was a 1963 graduate of Otto-Eldred High School. He was a lifelong resident of Walkertown.
Mr. Danielson enlisted in the U.S. Army in February of 1964, completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C., then transferred to Fort Eustis, Va., where he completed helicopter mechanic school from May-September 1964, before leaving for Vietnam. From September 1964 to September 1965, he was stationed in Vung Tau, where he initially served as a helicopter mechanic and for the rest of his tour he flew in and recovered downed aircraft. The missions flown were from Saigon to the tip of Vietnam, as part of the recovery crew of the 611th Transportation Co. out of Vung Tau. He received two Oak Leaf Clusters for serving in an area of taking on enemy fire. He returned to the U.S. and finished his tour in Fort Riley, Kan., from November 1965 to February 1967.
Following his military service, Terry was employed for 38 years by Kendall Refining, which then became Witco Chemical, then Witco, and finally American Refining Group, retiring in 2005 as the supervisor of instrumentation. He underwent lengthy training throughout his career in troubleshooting and instrumentation.
Terry was a two-time past master of the Northern Star Masonic Lodge #555 F&AM of Duke Center, and past president of the ARG Federal Credit Union. He was a lifetime member of Eldred American Legion Post 887 and the Pvt. Myron Burns VFW Post 2092 of Eldred. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles #2432 of Bradford and the Marche Club of Bradford.
For many years he played golf in the Kendall League.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are one son, Brett Danielson of San Francisco, Calif.; one daughter, Lisa (Lynn) Allen of Lancaster, Pa; two granddaughters, Courtney Allen of Mechanicsburg and Nicole Allen, attending Lock Haven University; two brothers, Ron (Sandy) Danielson of North Branch and John (V-anne) Danielson of Duke Center; as well as several nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his former spouse, Mary Kay Alexis Danielson of Lancaster.
A celebration of Terry's life with a military honors presentation is planned to be held in the spring of 2017 at a date and time to be announced. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northern Star Lodge #555, 701 Main St., Duke Center, PA 16729; or the McKean County SPCA at 80 Glenwood Ave. ,Bradford, PA 16701.
Online condolences may be made at www.framefuneralhome.com.
Frame Funeral Home
230 Main Street
Eldred, PA 16731
Published in The Bradford Era from Oct. 31 to Nov. 7, 2016