Dennis “Denny” Lee McDaniel, 63, of Wellfleet, NE, died as the result of an accident on Monday, March 24, 2014, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE.
Denny was born December 12, 1950, to Bobby “Bob” Harris and Delores Marie Davis McDaniel at Nashville, KS and grew up in Attica, KS. While in high school he worked for the Vet Clinic and graduated from Attica High School in 1968. Denny then attended Kansas State.
After college Denny went to work for Vigortone then worked for Motorola for 13 years before going back to Vigortone. In 1989 he moved to North Platte, NE with Vigortone then worked for Furst-McNess until 2001 when he became self-employed as a Livestock Nutrition Specialist.
On April 14, 1990, Denny married Karen Jennifer Kearney at Lexington, NE where they made their home before moving to Wellfleet in 1991. Denny liked to train livestock dogs and loved to drive his mules. He was a certified flight instructor and loved flying. At the age of 28 he received a new kidney from his brother and later lost his left leg in an accident in 2001.
Denny is survived by his wife, Karen, of Wellfleet; his parents, Bob and Delores, of Attica; a son, Clenten McDaniel, of Oklahoma; four daughters, Dianna Mae, of Oklahoma, Rachel (Paul) Mandelko, of Chadron, NE, and Jacki Jones (Randy Ward) and Robin (Pete) Raffaeli, all of Ogallala, NE; 12 grandchildren, Mae and Marshal Mandelko, Cody Schimmer, Tanner and Kayla Jones, Joey Peck, Josh Schimmer, Christopher and Alyssa Bahnsen, Kolton and Janaya Foran and Dakota McDaniel; a brother, Delbert (Cathy) McDaniel, of Benbrook, TX; a sister, Cindy (Dan) Arnoldy, of Sanger, TX; his mother-in-law, Arlene Palmer, of Maywood, NE; brothers-in-law, Lonnie Carpenter, of Indianola, NE and Barry (Merry Sue) Palmer, of North Platte, NE; several nieces, nephews and other family.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014, at St. William’s Catholic Church in Wellfleet, with Father Harlan Waskowiak officiating. Burial will follow in the Wellfleet Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. with family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore and before services in Wellfleet. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials can be made to the donor’s choice. Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.