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Charles Elmer McDaniel, 94, of Grinnell, died on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the Grinnell Regional Medical Center.

A celebration of life service will be held 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell. Burial will be following in the Chester Cemetery, north of Grinnell.

Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2015 and the family will be present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday evening.

Memorials may be directed to the Charles McDaniel Memorial Fund and sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home, PO Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112.

Charles was born on March 24, 1921, to San Teto and Phebe Ella (Morris) McDaniel in Grinnell, Iowa. He attended and graduated from Grinnell High School. He ventured out west to Salt Lake City, Utah. That is where he met the love of his life, Minnie Combes.

On August 25, 1945, he married Minnie in Salt Lake City. She blessed him with five daughters; JoAnn, Margaret, Sharon, Helen and Pauline. The couple worked in Salt Lake City for a short time, before moving to Miami, Florida for health reasons for Charles. They moved back to Grinnell and he found work at Maytag in Newton. After 31 years of working at Maytag, Charles retired at the age of 59.

Charles and Minnie enjoyed fishing and hunting rabbit and pheasant. They were always ready for a game of cards. He had a great passion for music and trains. You could always find Charles watching Wheel of Fortune or the Price is Right. He was an avid Hawkeye and Cubs fan. The greatest love of his life was his family. Watching his family grow always brought a smile to his face. To see his daughters grow up, have families of their own, his grandchildren have their families and his great grandchildren have families.

Charles is survived by four daughters, JoAnn (Don) Danks of Kellogg, Margaret (Sam) Rebik of Gilman, Helen Panknen and Pauline (Jim) Nelson, both of Searsboro; one son-in-law, Kenny Miller of Belle Plaine; 13 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Minnie, on March 13, 2009; one daughter, Sharon Miller and three great grandchildren; Lydia Wisner, Heather Orr Wisner and Jayden Danks.

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