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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Service Details: There will be a visitation 10 to 12 noon, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Meadors Funeral Home, Republic Chapel. The graveside service and burial will follow at 12:30 p.m., in Manley Cemetery, south of Battlefield, Missouri

Your family have my sincere condolences. Death is never easy and it brings great sorrow. But know that God will surround and comfort you at this difficult time. He is aware of your pain and he cares for you.. 1st Peter 5:7.
Chuck, my prayers to you and your family.... Love you......Mom Sue1
Chuck, my prayers & sympathy to you and your family.... Love you,      Mom Sue
My Dad and Sleepy grew up together and were the best of friends until my Dad's passing. I never grew tired of the stories they shared, and there were many! When they got older, they said they were the "old timers" now and laughed how they used to talk about the "old timers". But, I could always see them as boys, who loved being with each other. I'm thankful that the last time I saw Sleepy, that it was a long visit. He shared with me some of his military history, showed me his medals and photos. I know he felt lucky to have survived and proud of his service. I shall sorely miss Sleepy and Jenny. I loved both of them very much. May they rest in internal peace together in God's keeping.
I love you Grandpa. I know you are with Grandma now. I miss both of you so much. I'm so very thankful for all the love you and Grandma gave me throughout my life. Every memory i have with you and Grandma is an everlasting positive one. I know you are both in a much better place and that warms my heart. I love you Grandpa Mac!