Mr. Philip M. Daniels, a 72-year-old resident of Trenton, died at 3:54 a.m., Saturday, January 6, 2024 at the Pearls II Eden for Elders in Princeton.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 11, 2024 at Rural Dale Baptist Church, east of Trenton.
Family visitation will be held Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the church.
Mr. Daniels was born December 4, 1951 in Trenton, the son of John Anderson and Dora Emma Pearson Daniels.
On November 11, 1969 he was married to Lynn Powell in Upshur County, TX.
Philip graduated from Trenton High School in 1969. After high school, Philip worked at the filling station in Brimson, drove delivery trucks for Barnes Greenhouse in Trenton, and attended Trenton Junior College. He married his high school sweetheart, Lynn Powell and they were blessed with their first son, John in June of 1970, followed five years later by their second son, Clint.
Philip was soon hired to be the city of Trenton’s Park Superintendent. For the next decade, he was committed to the job and Trenton enjoyed beautiful parks and athletic fields. Under his guidance, young people in Trenton had access to well-organized programs in baseball, softball, flag football and even soccer. Adults participated in volleyball leagues in the Rock Barn.
Following his tenure as park superintendent, Phil was a construction worker for MBM Construction Company. He then took a position with the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission, where he was involved with many initiatives to increase economic growth throughout the Green Hills area. He later took a job at the Western Missouri Correctional Facility in Cameron. He worked his way from Corrections Officer to probation and parole officer. It was this role that he held in the Grundy County area until his retirement. Phil was recognized for his fair and respectful approach, taking his clients’ success to heart.
His many hobbies included his coin and antique fishing lure collections, hunting, fishing and watching sports. He was heavily involved in the beginnings of the Trenton Youth Wrestling Club, coached traveling baseball teams and was an assistant coach for the Trenton Blue Jays.
Philip was a longtime member of Rural Dale Baptist Church, where he served as Head Deacon and music leader at different times over the years.
His survivors include his wife, Lynn of the home; two sons, Charles John Daniels and wife, Teresa of Richmond and Clint Daniels and wife, Barbara of Grain Valley; seven grandchildren, Megan Greer and husband, Josh, Emma Daniels, Josie Daniels, Mattie Daniels, Jacob Daniels, Charley Daniels and Aaron Scott and wife, Ashly; and five great-grandchildren, Rowyn and Logan Greer and Lilith, Steven and Arrabella Scott.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Marie Waits, Virginia Rudd and Ruthie Ward; and one brother, John Robert Daniels.
Memorials to Rural Dale Baptist Church may be left with Slater-Neal Funeral Home, 813 Custer St., Trenton, MO 64683.
Online condolences may be left at www.resthavenmort.com