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W. McDaniel

May 11, 1927 — November 6, 2017

Bloomington- W. Clay McDaniel, 90, of Bloomington, IL passed away at 6:10 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. He was surrounded by his loving daughter, Kimberly, his precious granddaughters Katie Schmeltz and Kristina Ferguson and his precious grandson Kevin Backus, grandson Micah Andrews and great-granddaughter Samantha Andrews throughout his last few days/hours.

He was born on May 11, 1927 in Palestine, IL a son of James Calvin and Imogene Conrad McDaniel. He married his beloved Peggy Jean Smallwood on June 5, 1948 in Ottawa, IL. She passed away on May 25, 1986.

Survivors include three daughters, Kimberly(Bob) McDaniel-Seath of Bloomington; Kathleen(Jim) LaBarre of Alexandria, VA; Sharon Anderson of Thermopolis, WY; one son, Stephen McDaniel of New Mexico; nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and Aunt Helen Ward, 103, of Indiana, a brother-in-law Eugene (Elizabeth) Smallwood, and a sister-in-law Earlene Theobald.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Carroll and Don, a sister, Lillierose, an infant sister Kathleen, and one grandson, Joseph Patrick LaBarre.

Clay was a Navy Veteran proudly serving his country during WWII. He was also a member of the International Brotherhood of Boiler Makers, Iron Ship Builders and Helpers of America building the ship which he departed on to the Western Pacific as part of the Navy's "Magic Carpet" fleet. Clay was a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion.
He was a factory representative & manager for various steel corporations worldwide. He was also a master of many trades throughout his life.

Clay was a past Master of the Masonic Lodge 306 in Eureka. He was a member of the Taylor Lodge in Washington, Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star of Illinois and Scottish Rite Peoria Consistory.

Clay never knew a stranger and had an ever present sense of humor which his family loved.

His favorite hobbies were boating, fishing, traveling and watching sports. He loved the Chicago Cubs always, especially their World Series win!

Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka. Rev. Wes Ooms will officiate. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10-12 at the funeral home before the services. Burial will be in Olio Township Cemetery where military rites will be accorded at the grave.

He was loved dearly by his family: children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and his aunt. His favorite saying was "I Love You More."

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Jack Spaniol and Dr. Ji Li for their very special care of him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital. Online condolences and tributes may be sent to the family at

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