Robert Wheeler McDaniel dies at 85 |

Robert Wheeler McDaniel dies at 85

Robert Wheeler McDaniel

Robert Wheeler McDaniel died Jan. 19 in Jasper, Ark. He was 85. McDaniel was born March 26, 1924, in Fort Smith, Ark., to Eugene and Bess McDaniel. He was married April 21, 1956, to Frances McDaniel in Fort Smith. He served three years in the U.S. Army and later received a BA in music from Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. After earning his master’s in school administration from Vanderbilt University, he spent 22 years in education in two elementary schools and two junior high schools in Arkansas, as a teacher, choral director, assistant principal or principal. He was also an ordained minister of music at Goddard Methodist Church in Fort Smith. From 1974-1980, he was owner of Cliff House Gift Shop & Restaurant in Jasper; from 1980-1984 he was owner of Sweet Surrender Ice Cream Parlor in Breckenridge; from 1984-1986 he was owner of Hamilton Store in Hamilton, Colo.; and from 1986-2004 he lived in various places in Colorado, Washington, and California assisting his children with their business ventures. He retired to Jasper in 2004.Robert is survived by his wife, Frances McDaniel; sons Robb McDaniel and Kyle McDaniel; daughters Leslie McDaniel, Jana Lerner, Margie Fetchik and Lucinda Crawford; and 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren

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