Daniel Joseph "D.J." McLaughlin

Daniel Joseph "D.J." McLaughlin, 87, of 807 Eagle Trace, died Monday (Dec. 3, 2012) in his home.

Dan was born on Sept. 22, 1925, in Dodgeville, Iowa, a son of Daniel A. and Marie Fitzgerald McLaughlin. He married Maxine L. Brandes on Sept. 6, 1947, in Burlington, Iowa, and she died on Dec. 5, 1982. He married JoAnn D. Paley on March 2, 1992, in Sanibel, Fla., and she survives.

Daniel was a graduate of Sperry High School in Sperry, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II from Sept. 21, 1943, to April 25, 1946.

Dan began working in Burlington, Iowa, for the Lagomarcino-Grupe Co. in 1948, working in several different warehouse and managerial positions. He was transferred to Quincy in December 1961 to replace the retiring J.P. Clinton as manager of the Quincy operation. Lagomarcino-Grupe Co. sold out in 1964, and Dan moved to Merchant's Wholesale Inc., acquiring full ownership of the company in 1970. In 1978, Merchant's Wholesale built a new headquarters and warehouse on East Broadway, now home to Ashley Furniture. He was president of Merchant's Wholesale Inc. and of Merchant's Vending Co. Inc.

Dan was a longtime member of the Church of St. Peter, Quincy Country Club and the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Illinois Merchants Association, he was past president, Executive Management Division, of the National Association of Tobacco and Candy Distributors and past president of the Illinois Association of Tobacco and Candy Distributors. He was also a member of the National Association of Catalog Showrooms.

He had served on many boards, including the Parochial Secondary Education Foundation, now known as QND Development, and was chairman of the ad hoc committee for the consolidation of Notre Dame High School and Catholic Boys High School, now Quincy Notre Dame. Daniel served on the St. Mary Hospital Executive Committee. He served on the board and executive committees of the Broadway National Bank and First Midwest Bank, which is now First Banker's Trust. Dan resigned all board positions when he retired in 1986.

Throughout his life, Dan was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he held many fond memories of trips with friends to Hale, Mo., Nebraska and Canada to pursue these hobbies. He was a longtime supporter of Ducks Unlimited. Dan was an enthusiastic traveler, always ready to experience a new place in the states or abroad. Dan also enjoyed many years of golf, tennis, gin rummy and monthly poker games, as well as his infamous weekly lunches with the "Romeos."

In addition to his wife, JoAnn, survivors include his four children, Mary Kathryn McLaughlin of Quincy, Daniel T. McLaughlin of Quincy, Michael P. McLaughlin of Shawnee, Kan., and Mrs. Michael (Michelle) Mitts of Quincy; nine grandchildren, Emily, Danielle and Brice McLaughlin, Jacob and Alexa McLaughlin and Alison, James, Daniel and Thomas Mitts; a great-granddaughter, Aubriana McLaughlin; four sisters, Mrs. Lee (Lorraine) Hackett of Lenexa, Kan., Mrs. James (Joan) Riley of Mansfield, Texas, Mrs. Harold (Rosemary) Abel and Mrs. Thomas (Linda) Clayton, all of Burlington, Iowa; two brothers, Eugene McLaughlin and his wife, Chris, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Patrick McLaughlin and his wife, Elsie, of Burlington, Iowa; his mother-in-law, Delores Paley of Quincy; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Maxine; and his sister, Rita Smith.

Dan's family expresses their deep gratitude for the care he received from Hospice this past week, and to his personal caregiver, Leslie Hugenberg for her kindness and compassion.

SERVICES: 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Peter with the Rev. Roy Bauer conducting. Interment will be in the Quincy Memorial Park Mausoleum.

VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the church.

MEMORIALS: Quincy Notre Dame High School or the Church of St. Peter.

ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home.

WEBSITE: www.dukerandhaugh.com.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.

Funeral Home

Duker & Haugh Funeral Home
823 Broadway Quincy, IL 62301
(217) 222-1011

Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Dec. 5 to Dec. 7, 2012