Richard Daniels

Richard J. Daniels

Resident of San Jose

Jan. 24, 1925 - Nov. 5, 2011

Richard John Daniels, "Honest Lawyer one Flight Up," and beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather peacefully passed away on Sat. Nov. 5, 2011 in the presence of his loving family and wife, Patricia Lea Daniels, of 61 years.

Born in Des Moines, IA on Jan. 24, 1925, Richard, a retired DAV, served as a Marine Air Corp Pilot in WWII and Korean War, paper carrier & branch manager for the Des Moines Register and Tribune, Golden Gloves Boxer, Drake University graduate admitted to the Iowa, Arizona and California Bar Associations, "Arizona Gunslinger," sportsman and Father of 10. Always the adventurer exploring new frontiers, Richard moved to Phoenix, AZ where he became Assistant Attorney General; then to San Jose, CA where he practiced law, became a real estate broker and served as president of the Aptos, Seacliff Improvement Association.

Richard is survived by his adoring family: Christopher (Janet), Ramona, Loretta Plassmeyer (Bill), Jeannine Shanahan (Jerry), Michael (Betsy), Mark (Kisti), Lisa Cadenasso (Carl), Therese Rizzo (Mark), John, Sheila McIntyre and his devoted wife, Patricia. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and sister, Rita DeCosta and family. He is preceded in death by his brother, Robert and his parents, Margaret and Samuel Daniels. Richard lived a full and wonderful life surrounded by family and friends. His humor, wisdom, guidance and unconditional love will be remembered by all who knew him. Richard was a guiding light to many.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Martin of Tours Church at 200 O'Connor Dr., San Jose on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at 10:00AM preceded by a Rosary at 9:30AM in the Chapel. Sincere thanks to Heartland Hospice and Interim HomeStyle Services for their care and dedication.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Nov. 8, 2011