Wayne D. Daniels

January 06, 1936 ‒ April 03, 2017

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Wayne Daniels peacefully passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 in Colonial Manor Health Care Center in Loudonville. He was 81.

Wayne was born January 6, 1936 in Lake Mills, Wisconsin to William “Chet” & Florence (Gerstner) Daniels. After high school, Wayne joined the Navy and later took a job in Columbus working for the Parks & Recreation Department.

For more than 25 years Wayne served as a Firefighter under the Division of Fire & Medic in Columbus and the surrounding areas. His badge number was #907 and co-workers appreciated his delicious cooking. He was also a skilled woodworker and crafted everything from toys and puzzles to a curved staircase in the home he built for his family.

Family came first for Wayne, he loved spending time with his kids and grandkids. He took them camping, fishing, boating, and skiing (both snow and water). Wayne never met a stranger and he was always telling a joke and drinking a cup of black coffee.

Wayne was a member of Three Crosses, A United Methodist Fellowship in Butler and enjoyed using his woodworking talents for the Lord and fellowshipping with his church family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Judy Daniels of Butler; six children Keith (Margo) Daniels, Mark (Julie) Daniels, Lori (Dan) McCabe, Jeffrey (Pam) Wharton, Cheryl Villa, and Christine (Don) Taylor; eleven grandchildren Tara Doughty, Brian Daniels, Drew Daniels, Nick Daubert, Jennifer Grubbs, Katie Daniels, Matthew Long, Christopher Shearer, Eric Young, Kristin Young, and David Wharton; six great-grandchildren Lucia Daniels, Vada Grubbs, Naveyda Long, Gracie Lee, Justin Doughty, and Jayden Doughty; sister-in-law Laura Belcher; close friend Tim Whatman; along with numerous friends, acquaintances, and his church family.

In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his brother Dean Daniels, and sister Judy Daniels.

Friends may call 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 in Three Crosses, A United Methodist Fellowship in Butler where a memorial service celebrating his life will begin at 3:00 p.m. and Pastor Brandon Keck will officiate.

Contributions in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or Southern Care Hospice may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Wayne’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch his tribute video—at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • We are so sorry for your loss. My favorite memory : I wanted to make him a pie and asked him his favorite kind. He said- I have two favorites , hot and cold. Sweet memories of a wonderful man.

  • Wayne was such a sweet and gentle soul, keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers- Chip, Ann, Mason and Sarah

  • So sorry Judy and all Wagnes family, grief for our loved ones is hard to bear,I pray God gives you strength .I will remember Waynes smile,his upbeat personality,, always joking.He will be missed.love to you all.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss, I was just talking to my dad John Quelette aka Tee Hee , who was a Fire Fighter with Wayne , as well as a great friend . We actually were trying to locate him a few months ago. Wayne definitely had a great sense of humor a Positive attitude and knew how to have fun. I know he will be sadly missed by all that came in contact with him …… I was very young when my dad worked with him , but have Never forgotten him. He will be missed by all, but also remembered by all that knew him . Our thoughts and prayers are with you . Wayne worked hard and played hard . His smile and sense of humor was contagious.

    The Quelette’s

  • Lifting all of you up in prayers and thinking about you. Wayne certainly had a sense of humor and a knack for lightening everyone’s mood.

  • Judy,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Long ago and far away we had such good times together. The rock house and pool are long gone, but the memories of friends never faded.

  • Dad, You were a great father. You gave me strength and direction in my life that has guided everything I’ve done. You’ve taught me many things that have helped drive my successes in life. You demonstrated the importance of love and family. I love you Dad ~ til we see each other again.
    Your son~ Mark Daniels

  • Dad, You taught me so much, Thank You!! I Love You! May you rest in peace, I’ll see you again, Keith

  • If I could tell Wayne one more thing it would be that, I always knew you were an amazing man. Hearing so many great stories about you seems to make our worlds closer and my love for your son Mark stronger. We’ll miss you. With love, your daughter-in-law, Julie

  • Few people come into our lives that make us instantly feel like family. A husband, father, grandfather and friend. Miss you and they way you could make us all laugh. Till we all meet again! Love and prayers
    Stephanie and Jay Crow

  • Grandpa, You were an amazing man to all of us. I will never forget all the great memories with you growing up. I love you!
    Your grandson,

  • My name is Ed Swanson. My wife Reggie and I regret we could not make it to the service. I worked with Wayne as a “new boy” at station 16 for about 12 years. On my first day at 16’s Wayne had me looking thru dumpsters looking for wood and other things for his projects. He once made me a nozzle from wood for an old fire box that we turned into a lamp.
    I will always remember Wayne as quite the character and someone fun to have around the firehouse. He was a friend I will not forget, Eddie.