Joseph Neal Daniel
Joseph Neal Daniel
  • January 9, 1939 - September 18, 2017
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Joseph "Joe" N. Daniel, 78, of Fort Wayne, passed away on September 18, 2017.

Joe Daniel spent the first 22 years of life growing up in Quincy, MI. He graduated from Quincy High School and earned ten varsity letters in football, basketball, track, and baseball. He was student body president and earned an academic scholarship to Hillsdale College; Hillsdale, MI.

While studying at Hillsdale, he was a member of the 1957 Charger team that compiled a 34 game winning streak. Forty years later all members of the 1955, 56, and 57 football teams were installed in the Hillsdale College Athletic Hall of Fame. Joe was president of his fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi, and served as president of the Student Federation.

Joe was an active member in the Hillsdale Alumni Association and served as President in 1973.

In 1966, Joe graduated from Suffolk University; Boston, MA, with his MBA. Following his graduation, he moved to Fort Wayne with his first wife, Barbara(Bolman) Daniel, and his favorite daughter, Jenn.

Joe served 6 years in the US Air Force/Air National Guard. While in the Air Guard, he was assigned to intelligence and was honorably discharged in 1968 as Staff Sergeant.

1966, Joe started a career in investment banking with Merrill Lynch where he was Vice President and a member of the Chairman's Club.

In 1972, Joe was saluted as Fort Wayne's Outstanding Young Men (one of five in the state). And he was nominated as one of 10 outstanding young men in America.

In 1977, Joe left Merrill Lynch to open and start the Fort Wayne office of Paine Webber. Joe led the Fort Wayne office for 10 years. He was appointed Senior Vice President and a member of The President's Club.

Joe became involved in new businesses sprouting from Fort Wayne, raising capital and interest in new products and new ideas.

Joe founded the Indiana Council on Problem Gambling, which implemented the 800 number on the back of lottery tickets directing callers to resources like GamAnon meetings and counseling services in the caller's area.

Joe started a new chapter in his life in 1992, when he married Donna Evard.

In 1992 Joe captained a Fort Wayne tennis team to second place in the United States Tennis Association national championships. Over the years, during his tennis playing career, Joe was a member of fourteen state champion tennis teams.

Joe was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church where he served as Senior Warden, on the Finance Committee and ushered for 35 years.

Joe celebrated 33 years of sobriety in April, 2017.

Joe leaves behind his children, Jenn, Joe and Gramm (Deb) Daniel and his granddaughter, Sterling. Dad had another favorite daughter, Kara (Steve) Saylor, too with granddaughter Jessica Golembewski and her children, Annie Lynn and Maxwell, Mike Evard (Dee) and his children, Christopher and J.T.

Dad's favorite time of year was football season. He was a lifelong fan of the Detroit Lions, who, ironically, are actually winning this year. Those who knew him well knew that if you wanted him involved in the conversation, you needed to talk to him during half time.

I imagine you in front of a TV somewhere with a giant bowl of ice cream watching the big game. And, you will be missed.

Memorial service will be Friday, September 22, 2017, at 11:00 am at Trinity Episcopal Church (611 W Berry St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802) with visitation two hours prior.