ROCHESTER: Michael C. Daniels, age 61 of Rochester, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2012 at his residence.
Michael Charles Daniels was born October 26, 1950 to William and Helen (King) Daniels in Lima, Ohio. He grew up in Madison, Ohio, and graduated from Madison High School in 1969. He worked as a plumber apprentice until 1974, when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a boiler technician. He was discharged August 16, 1983 as chief petty officer. On September 5, 1981 he married Kaylin Beth Fee in Orlando, FL. Michael and Kaylin moved to Fargo, N.D., where he worked in maintenance at North Dakota State University. A year later they moved to Fergus Falls, MN, where he worked at the incinerator. Within a year, they moved to Rochester, where Michael served as supervisor at the Rochester incinerator until he was recruited to be a business agent for the Operating Engineers Local #49. He retired in 2009. Michael then became a business partner with Mel Dickie at M Custom Rods. He taught custom fishing rod building in the Rochester schools and with Rochester Community Education.
Michael is survived by his wife, Kaylin of Rochester; four daughters, Patricia (Shelby) Ashburn of Concord, Ohio, Tiffiany (Dan) McCarty of Knoxville, TN, Helen Daniels of Minneapolis, MN, and Samantha Daniels of Rochester; two grandchildren, Meghan McCarty and Kellan Ashburn; two brothers, Ernie (Barbara) Gronas of Indian Lake, OH and Robert Jr. (Sharon) Daniels of Lima, OH; sister-in-law, Jeanie Gronas of Lima, OH. He was especially fond of his dog, Gilligan, whom he also leaves behind. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Helen, and abrother, Joe Gronas.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes, 5421 Royal Place NW Rochester, MN 55901 507-289-3600
Oronoco, Minnesota 55960
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.
May you and your family know you''re in the arms of Jesus during this difficult time.
Mike was a dedicated and principled worker and truly cared about the best interests of the employees that he represented. It was an honor to work with him at Local 49. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.
Thoughts and Prayers to Mike's family. Mike was a great guy. I will miss our fishing chats.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
Dear Daniels Family,
I am sorry to hear about Mike's passing. I met him a little over a year ago when my dad passed away. They were good fishing buddies and would attend AA meetings together. I know my day thought very highly of him.
I am sorry to here of Mike''''''''s passing. I was done with my training with Secretary school and had no experience in an office setting and Mike gave me my first opportunity to gain the experience by letting me take Cindy''''''''s place in the Local 49 office while she was on medical leave. I will always be grateful for that experience he provided me with. My condolence to his wife and children; he was a good teacher and wonderful AA member. What a gift the Creator gave us all!
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Kaylin.
I cannot tell you how sorry I was to hear of Mikes passing. I met him when he was the business agent for the 49ers. He was a client and a friend. I have to say I liked Mike from the first day that I met him. He always had a kind word, great story or joke. He was always someone you could bounce ideas off of and maybe get some of his wisdom. When he became Mel's partner building fishing rods I had many great days getting crap when I walked into the shop. I think Mike touched many peoples lives this way. He will be missed greatly. I know that god called him way to soon, unfortuantly sometimes when life should go on longer gods answer is no. I know those words ring hollow. I pray that you and your family come though this hard time and can think of all of the good times that Mike gave not only you, but others as well.
we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
My happiest memories are of my teenage years. My life may not have been so joyful without moments of Mike in them. His children also have brought joy to me. I loved his laughter and his jokes. He will truely be missed. May God give the family strength during this sad time.
Our thoughts are with you Kay,Helen and Sam in this hard time..all our love Mark and Hayley
I am so sorry to see Mike go he was a great Brother In law, and he will be missed very much, just so you know Mike now you can fish all you want anytime , God Rest In Peace
Tiffany, I am so sorry to read about the death of your father. Mine was 63 when he died and that was WAY too young as well.
I will be praying for you and your family during this very sad time and I pray that your travels are safe.
May God give you all peace,
Dear Daniels Family,
We were deeply sad to learn of your tremendous loss. Patty is a childhood friend of mine & I know she has valued this season of journeying with Michael & the rest of her beloved Daniels clan.
My husband & I have been praying for you ALL since receiving a message from Patty... & will continue to do so. In particular, I have prayed this prayer song from the Iona Community, which is always close to my heart...
"Lord Jesus Christ,
Lover of All,
Trail wide the hem of your garment.
Shelby & Russ