NOEL RALPH McDANIEL Tuesday, March 18, 1924 - Saturday, April 8, 2017
Ralph McDaniel of Battlefield, Missouri, known to many of his friends as Sleepy, has passed away at the age of 93. Ralph’s wife of 73 years Jenny, passed away in October of last year. Ralph was born in Battlefield in 1924 and grew up doing all of the things that farmers do. He attended Central Point School. He graduated from Republic High in 1941 and was inducted into the Army Air Corps in 1943. He flew 35 missions as the radio operator / waist gunner aboard a B17 as part of the 447th Bomb Group. His missions originated from a base in Rattlesden, England with targets in France,Belgium, and Germany. He earned the rank of Tech Sergeant and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with four bronze Oak Leaf Clusters.
After the war he earned a business degree from Draughon’s Business School, got married, and went to work for the Federal Prison Service. That service took him to many cities around the US andduring that time a daughter, Pam, and a son, Chuck, were born. He retired from the Prison Service in 1975 while serving as the assistant business manager at the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners. After retirement he was a security officer at the Zenith plant, kept books for Emergency Medical Services, and installed pipe for Public Water Supply District #1 in Battlefield. During that time he and Jenny also found time to tend a large garden from which many benefited.
Ralph took every car he ever owned to the drag strip just to see what it could do. He bought a 1953 Chevy truck and it became his dedicated race truck. The dark grey ’53 saw many nights of action at the strip in Rogersville along with other tracks in the Midwest. His shop in Battlefield was known as Ralph’s Racing and in it many feats of mechanical and body work wizardry were performed. He continued to race until the age of 78 and after that continued to drive the truck while at all times obeying the speed limit. He served many years as part of the honor guard providing Military Funeral Honors.
Ralph could talk with Kings or paupers and cared not which one you were. He was a well-read, curious man who was always ready to learn something new.
Ralph is survived by his daughter Pam McDaniel, his son Chuck McDaniel, grandchildren, great grandchildren, two sisters, Madge Blades and Nell Green, and many, many, nieces and nephews.
There will be a visitation 10 to 12 noon, Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic, Missouri. The graveside will be at 12:30 P.M., Saturday, in Manley Cemetery, Battlefield.
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