Marvin McDaniel

Marvin D. McDaniel, age 91, of Sarasota, FL, passed away on Friday, May 10, 2024, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, FL.  He was born on July 22, 1932, in Concordia, Kansas, to Marvin & Margaret (Sterling) McDaniel.

He graduated from Concordia High School in 1950. After serving in the Navy, he earned a BS in Business Administration from Fort Hays Kansas State College in 1959.

Marvin served active duty in the US Navy for 4 years, from 1952-1956, as a Yeoman 2nd class (YN2). He served in the Special Weapons Unit, Pacific, Detachment ONE, NAS, Moffett Field and San Diego, California. He earned the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged.

Marvin worked for Standard Oil of Indiana / Amoco Oil as a Petroleum Auditor. His job took him around the globe from 1959-1989 to Wyoming, New York, and many countries including Argentina, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago, Liberia, Spain, Iran, Bermuda. While in Trinidad & Tobago, he would go deep sea fishing and attend Carnival in costume. After 30 years, he retired in 1989 to Sarasota, FL, where he spent his time enjoying “God’s Country”. As a creature of habit, every single morning he would read his newspaper, in order, and fold it right back up the way it was delivered. For fun, he would visit local casinos where he would get caught up in the sounds and anticipation of winning with each spin on the slot machines.

Marvin enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, watching Hallmark movies as well as KU basketball, Tampa Bay Rays and Buccaneers. He was a voracious reader, so much so that he has 17 bookcases in his house busting at the seams with novels stacked on top of them and every shelf overflowing! After retiring to Sarasota, he enjoyed going to “work” everyday speed-walking 5 miles up and down Siesta Key Beach, then relaxing and enjoying his lunch under his umbrella. He’d go for a swim determined to go beyond the bouys and float on his back. He was a “meat and potatoes” man and always took delight in eating his favorite black walnut ice cream! He enjoyed blasting classical music on his stereo so he could listen to the individual instruments, like the drums and cymbals. Some of his favorite musical artists he listened to include Andy Williams (“Where Do I Begin”), Matt Monro (“On Days Like These”), Herb Alpert, Elvis, Tony Bennett, and Frank Sinatra.

Family was always important to him. He and his family would go back to Concordia often for holidays with extended family. Pinochle games were a way family bonded at these get-togethers. He would spend months away from his own home each year, staying and visiting with family members in their homes, and he was always welcomed.

He is survived by his sons, Ali McDaniel (Christine), Sarasota, FL, and Reza McDaniel (Laura), Naperville, IL. Grandchildren – Sofia, Cameron, Isabella, Farah, Gia, Brianna, Alexa, and Celina. Brother – Dennis McDaniel (Julie), Tampa, FL. Sister-in-Law – Bonnie McDaniel, Maryland Heights, MO. Nieces and Nephews – Andre McDaniel (Julie Brugger), Riverview, MO, Monica McDaniel-Collins, Maryland Heights, MO, Gary Yager (Lena), Salina, KS, Rick Yager (Ann), Lewisville, TX, Jeff Yager (Jo Ann), Wichita, KS, Tiffany Hightower nee McDaniel (Russ), Shawnee, KS, Brandon McDaniel (Patty), Sarasota, FL, Neele Lichner nee McDaniel, Kansas City, MO, and Lindsey Ali nee McDaniel (Lee), Lakeland, FL. As well as many great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Margaret McDaniel; sisters, Shirley Yager and Aleta Gile; brothers, Donald McDaniel Gary Max McDaniel.

Visitation will be on Friday, May 24, 2024 from 10 am to noon followed by a graveside service at 12:30 pm at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia, KS with Celebrant Pastor Sandra Jellison-Knock officiating.  Military honors will be conducted by the US Navy, American Legion Post #76 & VFW Post #588.

The family suggests memorials to American Heart Association in care of Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home, PO Box 606, Concordia, KS 66901.  For online condolences please visit