Harry Hollis Daniels a life-long resident of the Columbus, Kan. area, passed away January 2, 2012 at the age of 92.
Harry was born November 17, 1919 in the Pleasantview area. His parents were Olma Elmer and Annie Mae (Baird) Daniels. He was one of 10 children born to his parents. They have all preceded him in death.
He attended the one room school in Pleasantview until he was old enough to work with his older siblings on his parent’s farm. He met and married Margaret Honorine Hammerbacker on June 4, 1941. She preceded him in death on March 28, 2005. Harry and his wife had seven children: Harry Eugene “Gene” Daniels, Velma Katherine Hulvey (Jerry), Linda Mary Daniels, Stanley Wayne Daniels (Sandra K.), Cynthia Ann Glaze (Steven), Theresa Marie Daniels and Anita Louise Kitch (Charles). Gene and Linda also, preceded him in death, and one granddaughter Vicki LuJean. Harry had twenty-one grandchildren, thirty nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
After he married, he worked for Eagle Picher as a welder until he was drafted to serve his country. He served as a 1st Sargent in the Army in WW II. He was stationed in the Philippines Islands. He received World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. Upon returning from the war, Mr. Daniels was given the opportunity to go to Georgia in 1948 and play for the St. Louis Cardinals AAA baseball team. While serving in WWII, Harry pitched in the World Series in Korea and Japan. He also enjoyed participating in local bowling leagues. When making his life choices, he returned to Columbus, Kan. with his wife and two oldest children and began working for BF Goodrich in Miami, Okla. and farmed land here. Harry retired from BF Goodrich in 1981.
Harry was active member in the Columbus community. He took his baseball talent and spent many years coaching the American Legion Baseball Team. He was a member of the American Legion for 62 years and was honored with a certificate on his 60th anniversary. He also spent 62 years building the Columbus Coon Hunters Association.
Harry leaves behind a large family, a good legacy and many memories to all who knew him. He will be missed.
Funeral services will held Friday, January 6, 2012, 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church Columbus, Kan. with Father Chrysostom Ah Maung officiating. Burial will follow in the City Cemetery, Columbus, Kan. Rosary will be held Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Derfelt Funeral Home Columbus, Kan. with visitation to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.