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Walter William Daniels, 89, of Maple City, passed on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Munson Hospice House.
Walter was born on Aug. 6, 1928 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Walter and Agnes (Burmeister) Daniels. On Aug. 26, 1950 he married Maureen K. Hill, who survives.
In 1951, Walter graduated from Carthage College in Illinois and began his career as an insurance agent. Walt found the closest place to heaven in 1965 when he discovered Leelanau County. He acquired some property and rental cabins on Little Traverse Lake. He spent the next 20 years commuting from his job in Ann Arbor as a commercial liability insurance agent and coming home for long weekends to his family and the log cabin home that he built. When he retired, he became involved in the Cleveland Township zoning administration, board of appeals and planning commission, 1990-1992. From 1992-2004, Walt served as Cleveland Township supervisor. From 2008-2012, he had the position of trustee before retiring. He loved fishing, hunting and searching for morels. Walt enjoyed woodworking and made beautiful furniture which he happily distributed to many family members. He was an avid reader of history and biographies and he loved watching a good Western. His quick wit and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his loving wife, Maureen, of 68 years, Walter is survived by his children, Lori (Mark) Wegener and Mark Daniels; nine grandchildren, Matt, Emily, Grace, Wyatt, Luke, Wade, Olivia, Jacob, and Jessica; one great-grandson, Benjamin; and sisters, Gloria Benedict and Carol Gripentrog.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Jack and Jim.
A private family service has been held and burial at Cleveland Township Cemetery will be at a later date.
The family is very grateful to Munson Hospice Care and all of the services and comfort care that was provided. Memorials may be directed to Munson Hospice House, c/o Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, 1150 Medical Campus Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please share thoughts and memories with Walter's family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with Martinson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on May 15, 2018
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