Donald E. Daniels

Donald E. Daniels, 77, of Rotonda West, Fla., died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.He was born March 20, 1936 in Endicott, N.Y. to Harry and Margaret Daniels. Donald served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959 and was honorably discharged at the rank of Corporal. Donald married Mary A. Reynolds on June 24, 1961 in Great Bend. The family relocated to Ridgway in July of 1975. Don owned and managed a highly regarded State Farm Insurance agency until December 1997. Don was known for his honesty and integrity while providing the very best customer service to his clients. Don was a 4th Degree Knight of the Knight of Columbus Council 7672, an upstanding member of the Elks Lodge 2378 and lifelong devout Catholic gentleman. Don and Mary retired to Rotonda West in 1997 where Don enjoyed caring for his pool and entertaining his children and grandchildren on their frequent visits. Don’s greatest joy was that his three sons acquired their bachelor’s degrees from the universities of their choice. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren Billy, Marcy, Katie, Meghan, Sean, Sarah, and great-grandchild Angelina. In addition to his grandchildren and great-grandchild, he is survived by his wife Mary; his, sons Donny (wife Lynne, children Billy and Marcy), Brian (wife Kristin, children Katie and Meghan) and Steve (wife Cindy, children Sean and Sarah); a brother, Harry; and a sister, Joyce; two brothers-in-law, Dewitt Reynolds (JoAnne) and Bill Reynolds (Martha) as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Don was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret his father, Harry; and sisters Elena and Norma.A viewing for Donald E. Daniels will be held at Lemon Bay Funeral Home in Englewood, Fla. from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 5265 Placida Rd., Grove City, Fla. 34224. Don will be laid to rest at Sarasota National Cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Don’s name to The St. Francis of Assisi Outreach Ministry, 5365 Placida Rd., Grove City, Fla. 34224.