John W. McDaniel

May 24, 1959 ‒ April 15, 2020

Marion, Ohio

John W. McDaniel, age 60, of Marion, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at Riverside Methodist Hospital with his loving family by his side from complications from Covid-19.

On May 24, 1959, John was born at the Marion General Hospital, in Marion, Ohio, the younger of two children, to John W. McDaniel Sr. and the late Meredythe Ann (Matlack) McDaniel.  He graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1977, where he enjoyed participating on the swim team.  In 1981 he graduated from The Ohio State University earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration.  He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega and the Buckeye Club.

After OSU, Johnny returned home to Marion to join his father in the family business, the O & M Company, as a manufacturer’s representative.  He dedicated thirty-eight years to O & M; it was “his baby.”  His proudest accomplishment was turning business acquaintances into true friendships.  Just like his father, he was blessed to have his son, Devlin, join in the family business and carry on the family’s legacy.  He was also extremely proud of his son, Jeremiah, for moving to Seattle and forging his own path as an artist and graphic designer.

Destined to be together, Johnny and Lisa Whelan had “known each other most of their lives” and were friends throughout their schooling.  They finally went on a date on August 27, 1987, to the Golden Palace in Marion, and the rest is history.  They were married just over a year later, on October 15, 1988, at Epworth United Methodist Church.  The cancer diagnosis that John had received just months before could not stop them.  They were partners in crime, sharing thirty one years of love and fun together.

John was a lifelong member of Epworth United Methodist Church, a member of the Gyro Club of Marion, the Marion Country Club, VFW Post 7201, and he served on the board of the Marion Family YMCA, often helping with their fundraisers.

With a love of being on the water, John spent much of his life in boats, fishing, enjoying beverages and cigars, and telling stories.  His favorite place for 50 years was the family cabin on Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada.  Whenever someone new joined them on the island, whether for a family vacation or the storied “Father and Son” trips every June, Johnny was the first to volunteer to show them around.  He had a knack for telling a story that “accurately replaced” the history of special, unforgettable moments.  His stories were intertwined with a lesson about every rock, island, cabin and family on the Bay.  He also was an outdoorsman, often pretending to be hunting (“he was really taking selfies,” his family joked).  He loved nature walks and finding a peaceful place to sit and relax.  He was truly looking forward to building a new family cabin in the self-titled nature retreat of “Locwood,” fifty plus acres in Marion County where he and Lisa had planned to enjoy their retirement years (damn Covid-19!).

To say Johnny was an avid OSU fan is a dramatic understatement.  A lifelong fan, he loved attending games, tailgating, and partying while watching the games with his many dear friends.  His love for the Buckeyes was amplified when his son, Devlin, played for the OSU Buckeye football team, going undefeated against TTUN and winning a National Championship.  He also was an animal lover and had numerous canine companions throughout his life. His jack russell, Brutus, was his favorite.

John was the go to guy if you wanted to know anything about the newest gadgets.  He might have been the first person in the world to get a drone and he holds the Guinness Book of World Records for holding the most wallet-sized gadgets in his pockets at one time.  He was obsessed with collecting knives, music speakers, and various tactical bags and satchels.  With his love of music and his massive speaker collection, Johnny would often DJ special occasions, or just nights on the patio, for his family and friends.

Johnny will be missed and remembered for so many reasons.  He was an ornery son-of-a-gun and was often the first to crack a joke no matter the occasion.  He had an unwavering determination and he couldn’t be stopped when he put his mind to something.  You could not have known a more loving and loyal husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend.  He was extremely generous; his giving knew no bounds.  He was truly protective of his family and the first one they would turn to if they ever needed anything.  He was an entertaining story teller, who found beauty and joy in most everything.  Simply put, Johnny McDaniel loved life and loved everyone he knew with his whole heart.

Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife, Lisa McDaniel; two sons and their brides-to-be: Jeremiah (fiancée Liz Andersen) McDaniel, and Devlin (fiancée Katey Holler) McDaniel; his father, John W. McDaniel Sr.; a sister, Lisa Ann (Bob) Hoppe; and their two children: Brian and Michelle Hoppe; and all of Lisa’s extended family.

A service celebrating John’s life will be privately by his family.  To read a statement from his wife and family visit the Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, Facebook page (  His family will also greet friends during a drive through visitation in the parking lot of the Marion Country Club, 2415 Crissinger Rd, Marion from 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Wednesday, April 22, 2020.  Everyone will be able to visit while remaining in their cars and keeping a safe social distance.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Marion Community Foundation, 504 South State Street, Marion, OH 43302 (or online at, for the purpose of establishing a permanent named endowment fund in memory of John.

On behalf of his family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to the nurses at Marion General Hospital and to all the staff at Riverside Methodist Hospital for everything they did to try and save Johnny’s life from Covid-19.  They would also like to remind everyone to continue practicing social distancing to keep each other safe.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve John’s family.

  • I did not know him personally but my heart bleeds for the family in this great loss I am so sorry you’re in my prayers constantly Rest assured that he its amongst th Great

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I have been and will continue to keep you all in my prayers.

  • Lisa, John Sr., and Johnny’s Wife, My heart is broken for your loss. Meredythe is hugging her boy now in heaven. I am the same age as Johnny was. Life is unpredictable, and we should cherish every minute we have on earth. I am holding all of you in my heart with prayers. Love Marty.

  • Dear McDaniel Family,
    We are all so saddened by the loss of John. It was always so nice to paddle by your dock and say hello and hear about the latest bear sighting or fish catch. I know you will all miss him terribly. You are in out thoughts and prayers.

  • Lisa and family,

    I am so saddened to hear of your loss. Prayers being lifted for you to find understanding and peace

  • My heart is breaking for this amazing family. Our prayers and love will continue.
    Johnny was such an amazing man and friend. We will always be here to support you.

  • John was an outstanding person, and a Great Salesman. Never wanted to leave my office unless He knew was getting a Purchase Order. Remember the lunches, skiing on my boat, stopping at each other’s vans at OSU tailgating, and the #1 thing the love of His Family. Rest In Peace My Friend.



  • I’ve known you both since we were kids. This breaks my heart. Johnny was a really sweet guy. And I know Lisa that you loved him so much. Your family is in my prayers.

  • Dear Lisa and Family,

    Jeff and I were shocked to see this news. We are deeply saddened by this horrible ordeal your family is going through. Johnny touched so many lives with his infectious smile and laughter. One of our favorite memories is playing “Mambo No.5” on repeat in your van on the way home from a Buckeye victory! Belly laughter fun.
    We truly are so sorry for your loss. I know Johnny was a Superhero – Husband, Dad, Son, Uncle, Brother and Friend. It is so heartbreaking to fathom this monumental loss for you all – I hop you find some peace knowing Meredythe was there to welcome her superhero son home. Rest In Peace John Jr.
    Continued prayers the Lord wraps his loving arms around the McDaniel family .
    Love, Jeff and Gina Gaietto

  • My heartfelt sympathy goes out to you Lisa and your sons. I will keep you all in my prayers and daily thoughts. John was a great person and will be missed more than words can describe. Lean on your faith at this time and let God wrap His loving arms around you all.

    Karen (May) Fish

  • Lisa, Jeremiah, Devlin, I am so sorry to hear about Johnny. A great guy and long time friend since we were about 13. He had a great sense of fun whether it was exploring, fishing, cliff jumping, volleyball or whatever else we did up on the Bay over the years. But mostly I will remember his wicked sense of humour. He made me laugh every time I saw him. He will be missed

  • To the McDaniel family: We share your grief! John was a very special guy. From his evident love of family, his infectious laugh and winsome smile and his love of OSU football games. He would always take time to talk with you. We send our love, and prayers to the whole family. We are sorry we cannot be there with you all. With our deepest sympathy.

  • To Lisa M., Lisa H.,Devlin, Jeremiah, and Uncle John:
    I’m so sorry and no words can be spoken to express that to you at this time. Johnny was such a wonderful person and one of my favorite people! Johnny always had a way of finding time for everyone in his life. I love you guys so much and I’m so sorry.

    James L. Hill

  • Devlin and family:

    I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing. It was a true honor getting to know him over the last so many years. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all.

    Ed H.

  • To the McDaniel Family,

    I’m so sorry for to hear about John Boy. My heart goes out to all of you. It has been a long time since I have seen all of you. Looking at his picture, that smile and remembering his laugh has brought back some memories from early days. The winter weekend at the camp, Hanes, turn the light off and the snow hill that every shed was broke. But the metal chair and cookie sheets and the bed mattress turned out just great. And the time that certain three young men when out and talked on the CB in the church parking during the sermon and over took the PA system. And we all knew by their voices who was behind the mike. Also the times in MYF that we had together.

    I sit here laughing and crying at the same time, remembering the times we all had together. And these memories will last forever. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  • John and Lisa, my heart breaks for you and your family. I remember Johnny and Lisa from being their babysitter at Wamplers Lake , when they were, I believe 2 and 4. Sisters Diana (deceased) and Nancy watched you at the lake in the following 2 years. I’ve never forgotten you all. A funny story, at meals, Johnny would have a mouthful of food bug not chew, and John would say, “eat Johnny” and Johnny would start chewing then stop, and John would remind Johnny to chew again. Very funny.
    My thoughts are with you and and your family and I pray you find peace.

  • Dear Lisa, John Sr., and family,
    Patty and I are so sorry to hear of Johnny’s passing. As I write this I am reliving the fun we all shared as the Lower Shawanaga Bay Bums way back when. Johnny had a larger than life presence when it came to mischief and merriment. Very good memories indeed. The world has lost a little sparkle.
    With love,
    Patty and Jamie McCrodan

  • Our condolences to the McDaniel family. Although we never met John, the legacy he’s left behind in his son, Jeremiah, is testimony to the wonderful father he was. We’re praying for the peace and comfort only God can give.

  • So very sorry to learn of Johnny’s passing from our Buckeye friends on the Bay. Lisa, (wife) and Lisa (sister) John Sr. and the whole family are in our thoughts and prayers. We talked about Johnny on a ZOOM call with Dan Stuckey and fondly remembered him. He will be missed by all.

    Gary and Karin

  • Sending my condolences to the McDaniels. I’m so sorry for your loss. Although I never met John, I love to hear Jeremiha and Liz talk of your family. I’m glad you have each other. Life is fragile.

  • Lisa and family,
    Please accept our condolences and know that we are praying so that God comforts you with His Love and Peace at this difficult time. Always hold onto the wonderful memories!

  • My deepest condolences on the passing of Johnny. Lisa, boys, Lisa (sister) and John Sr., you have lost a wonderful husband, father, brother and son. We will always see John and family out trolling in the tinner in Hopewell Bay, picking up bass or a musky or pike in the back bay. John was always smiling and made the Bay a brighter place. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

  • My deepest sympathy goes out to the McDaniel Family. I am in total disbelief much like everyone else who knew Johnny for his passion for life. Johnny was ATO brother and a great great great Buckeye thru and thru. I will always remember him for his quick humor, his incredible drive and most of all the family man he truly was. Your family is in my prayers. God Bless

  • My Deepest sympathy to the McDaniel family. John was an ATO brother and a good friend. We lost touch over the years but I would always hear good things about John and how well he was doing. He was a good man. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    God Bless

  • I didn’t know John but read about his passing online. From his obituary it’s obvious he was an amazing human being. I’m so sorry you’ve lost this man so beloved by your family. Sending you heartfelt sympathy and hugs from Chicago.

  • May God give your family strength, courage, knowledge, wisdom, peace and understanding at this time.

  • Dear Lisa, Jeremiah,Liz, Devlin, Katey, John, Lisa, Bob, Brian, Michelle, Your Marion/Georgian Bay/Arkansas family was so sad to hear of Johnny’s passing. We have so many fun memories of Johnny, from the McCoy’s to Caroline, Wabena, Gronkuwa, to “tackle buster”. He was truely a joy to be around. It is never easy to say good bye to our loved ones. But, know that time can never steal the treasures we carry on our hearts. Our prayers, love, and hugs, Katie and Jay Kraner