Fred Daniels

Fred Daniels

Fred Daniels of Plainwell, Michigan, passed away Friday, October 21, 2011 in Grand Rapids. Mr. Daniels was born April 20, 1926 in Waterbury, Connecticut to Frederick and Margaret (Kapteyn) Daniels.

He was a graduate of Stoneybrook High School, Long Island. During WWII he served his country in the U. S. Navy and also in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Fred earned his Bachelor Degree from Calvin College and his Master Degree from Michigan State University. For 20 years he was employed as Rehab Counselor and Director of Admissions with Michigan State Technical Institute, retiring in 1985. For several years he served on the Plainwell Board of Education.

Fred and Dorothea enjoyed traveling and after retirement spent many winters in Florida.

On June 9, 1962 in Ionia he married Dorothea Brown, who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Karen (Gary) Packard of East Tawas, MI and Linda (Chris) Goepper of Lawrenceburg, IN; four grandchildren, Nick, Kasey, Bradee and Jason Goepper.

In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place and there will be a private family service. Burial of ashes will be at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Fred may be made to Christian Neighbors, P.O. Box 53, Plainwell, MI  49080 or the charity of your choice.

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  1. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    Hello Dorothea, Linda, and Karen and families. Jerry and I just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you and are so sorry for your loss. We were so surprised when we read the paper this morning and saw that you had lost Fred. Please know that all of you are in our thoughts and sending our most sincere sympathy to you. Hoping that your fond memories will help you through your grief. Please take care now.

  2. Sherry (Meacham) & Don Hurlbut says:

    Dorothea: We were so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. It’s been several years since I worked for Fred at STI (MRI when I started working for him) but I still have many memories of the time spent there. Please know that you, the girls and their families are in our thoughts as you go through this difficult time. May you find comfort knowing that he is at peace and that he so enjoyed his life with his family.

  3. Bill and Michele Carpenter says:

    We were terribly sorry to learn that Fred had passed away. It has been some time since we last saw Fred but he was always one of our favorite people. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of the Daniels family.

  4. Tim and Chris Yake says:

    Chris and I were surprised and saddened to hear of Fred’s passing. Fred was a big influence on me during my teen years and I often think back to those days and reflect on the lessons he taught me in his subtle and sometimes not so subtle way. I will always remember the summer trips to Lake Michigan. Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers durning this sad time.

  5. Craig and Jenny Goepper and Family says:

    Dorothea, Chris, Linda, Gary, Karen. We were very sorry to get the news that Fred had recently passed away. We send our condolences and our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you all during this time.

  6. Kimber Decker says:

    Dorothea: I have just received news of Fred’s passing. I am saddened by this news. Yet, I must admit a smile or two when I think of Fred and spending time with him. I am glad God allowed our paths to cross in this life. I hold the fondest of feelings for both you and Fred. Know you are in our prayers today and in the days to come.

  7. Dan and Linda Bushouse says:

    Dorothea, Linda, Chris, Karen, and Gary, we were so sorry to hear about Fred’s passing. He was a wonderful friend. HIs love of family and community was always apparent. We have such terricic memories of Fred and all members of your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  8. Holly, Kevin and Leo Kraft says:

    Dear Dorothea, Linda , Chris and Karen, Gary ,
    Our thoughts are with you. A time of Peace and remembrance now for your husband, and father.
    Holly and Kevin

  9. Jolene and Bill Grusecki says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Karen and Gary, please let us know if you need anything; we’ll see you soon.

    Bill and Jolene

  10. George and Janet Fishel says:

    Thinking of and praying for you. Remember all of the good times. We enjoyed getting to know him.

  11. Jim and Vickilee Miller says:

    Dorothea, Linda, Karen and Families, So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. Our prayers go out to you at this time. Know you have wonderful memories of Fred just as we do. He worked hard at his job for his community and for the schools, but you have the family memories which are the very best. Treasure them always.

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