Franklin D. Daniels, 78, rural Columbia City, died at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at Parkview Whitely Hospital, Columbia City, where he had been a patient for the past week.
He was born Jan. 10, 1942, in Happy, Ky., a son of the late Elmer and Marie (Joseph) Daniels. Growing up in Happy, Ky., he graduated from Perry County High School.
On Feb. 11, 1959, he entered the U.S. Army. He received his honorable discharge on March 28, 1962. He then joined the Air National Guard retiring in 1978.
On June 7, 1984, he married Roxie H. Olmstead. They made their home in rural Columbia City. Roxie died on Feb. 22, 2020.
From 1981 to 2006, he managed the American Legion Post 98, Columbia City. During his 43-year membership in the American Legion, he held many posts, including Post Commander, Finance Officer, and head of the Honor Guard. He had also worked at the NCO Club at Baer Field, Fort Wayne.
He was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with his fellow veterans at the post.
Two daughters survive him, Shari (Bill) Reust of Columbia City and Kari (Mike) Eller of Huntington; two step-daughters, Lesley (John) Richards of Columbia City and Shannen (Jeff) Auker of Fort Wayne; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Patsy Heuberger of Texas.
Additionally, he was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda.
A committal service will be held at South Park Cemetery, Columbia City, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17. Please meet at the American Legion Post 98 after 1:30 p.m. for the procession to the cemetery. Please remain in your vehicle. Arrangements by Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Memorials in Frank’s honor are to final expenses c/o Smith & Sons Funeral Home.