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BOB LEROY MCDANIELS

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BOB LEROY MCDANIELS Obituary
May 13, 1931 -
August 26, 2018

Bob Leroy McDaniels passed away August 26 of natural causes in Stanwood, WA. He was 87.

Bob was born in Tacoma, WA to Gordon B. McDaniels and Kathryn (née Nease) on May 13, 1931. Bob spent his childhood in Tacoma and graduated from Stadium High School in 1949. After high school, he joined the Marine Corps and was first stationed in Seattle, then El Toro, California, before he was sent to Korea as part of the 1st Tank Battalion. Following Korea, he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, where he met Rosemary, a recent Marine Corps widow with three children, at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

Following their marriage in Santa Ana, California, Shelley was born. After leaving the Marine Corps, the family moved to Fresno, California where Bob majored in Criminology and graduated from California State University, Fresno (1961). Following graduation, Bob and Rosemary moved the family to Orange, California and bought their first home.

Bob began working for the U.S. Treasury Department as a Customs agent, then transferred to the newly formed Drug Enforcement Administration. While working for the DEA, he utilized LA County Sheriff's helicopters for more solid case evidence, then began petitioning Washington heads of DEA for the acquisition of their own helicopters, and meanwhile paid to earn his pilot's license. Bob was one of the first four pilots added to that unit.

After the first three children were grown, he, Rosemary and Shelley moved to Cypress, then Westminster, California before they retired and made the decision to build their house in La Conner, Washington.

Bob had many interests. He and Rosemary served for 10 years as editors of the Shelter Bay Yacht Club's newsletter The Dolphin. He belonged to the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association of California, Airborne Law Enforcement Association, USMC Tankers Association (Founder of NW Chapter), Marine Corps League (Sedro Woolley chapter charter member), and Puget Sound Military Vehicles Club, to name a few. He also volunteered with Toys 4 Tots, Forgotten Children's Fund, and the Boys and Girls Club.

Bob is survived by his wife Rosemary of 62 years, 4 children, Terry Hill Hendricks, Tom Hill (Alice), Lyle Hill (Marilyn), and Shelley McDaniels Farny, as well as 11 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sister, Joanne Duvall, granddaughter Julie Seal and great-granddaughters, Sela and Catalina DuBravac.

Services will be held Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Josephine Caring Community Chapel, 9901 272nd Place, NW, Stanwood, WA 98292.

In lieu of flowers, Bob requested that memorial donations be made to either Marine Toys for Tots Foundation Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172, www.toysfortots.org/ or Marine Corps Tankers Association, P.O. Box 20761, El Cajon, CA 92021-0960, http://usmctankers.org/.

You may offer your condolences and share memories of Bob to his family online at www.kernfuneralhome.com.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald on Sept. 16, 2018
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