Walter Arnold McDaniel, 60 years of age and a longtime Hoquiam, Washington resident, died on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at his home in Hoquiam. He was born on July 25, 1952, in Seattle, Washington to John Thomas and Annabelle (Puett) McDaniel.
Walt was raised and attended school in Hoquiam, graduating from Hoquiam High School and later attending Grays Harbor College for two years.
He entered the service with the United States Marine Corps on April 14, 1972, at Seattle. He received the Pistol Sharpshooter Badge, the Rifle Expert Badge, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. He was honorable discharged and transferred to the Marine Corps Reserve on March 15, 1976, and then discharged from the reserves in 1981.
Walter A. McDaniel was married to Erlinda J. Simon on December 23, 1976, at the Hoquiam Methodist Church.
For many years he worked in the produce section of Safeway and then at the Iron Springs Resort near Pacific Beach.
Walt was a member of the Hoquiam V.F.W. Post #1135 and the Elks Lodge #1082 where was also a chaplain.
His travels had taken him to the Philippines, Okinawa and across the entire United States. Walt enjoyed spending time with his family, playing cribbage, shooting pool, softball, camping, barbecuing, gardening and traveling with his wife, Erlinda, following his retirement.
Walter is survived by his mother, Annabelle McDaniel of Hoquiam; his wife, Erlinda McDaniel of the family home in Hoquiam; his son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Christina McDaniel of Aberdeen; his daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Brian Morrill of Aberdeen; two brothers, Richard McDaniel of Hoquiam and Patrick McDaniel of Westport; three sisters, Joanne Wright of Hoquiam, Barbera Zawlocki (Mike) of Bremerton and Peggy Buchanan (Bud) of Hoquiam; five grandchildren, Jalyn McDaniel, Makayla McDaniel, Ethan Morrill, Quinton Morrill and Talon Morrill, many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, May 3, 2013, at the Coleman Mortuary Chapel in Hoquiam with Rev. Doug Cotton officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the United States Marine Corps. A time of fellowship and a potluck for family and friends will follow at the Hoquiam V.F.W., 407 – 7th Street.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam.
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