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Life Story / Obituary
With a life that spanned times of war and times of peace, times of plenty and times of want, Charles Daniell was a blessing in the lives of so many around him. He worked hard, but he took the time to enjoy life along the way. Phil experienced so many of the best things that life has to offer, but nothing was better than sharing those experiences with the ones he loved. Strong, independent, and fun-loving, he had a zest for life that was contagious to all who were near. Life will never be the same without Phil here, but he leaves behind a priceless collection of memories that his loved ones will forever hold near and dear to their hearts.
The 1930s were some of the most trying days America faced due to the Great Depression, and these challenges to other nations as well. Canada went on to experience what has been called the Dirty Thirties as they were so dependent on raw materials and farm exports but were severely crippled by an unrelenting drought during this time. Despite the trials around them, there was much joy in the hearts of John Harris and Anna Pauline (Hahn) Daniell as they announced the birth of the baby boy they named Charles Philip on October 28, 1932, in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. An only child, he was always known as Philip. His father worked as a chemical engineer for Goodrich Rubber Co. When Phil was six years old, his father’s work brought them to Mexico. While there, he learned Spanish and became fluent in that language for the rest of his life. When he was 12, Phil was sent to Principia Boarding School in Elsah, Illinois, where he earned both his high school and college degrees, majoring in economics. He regularly traveled back and forth to Mexico to spend summers and holidays with his parents. As a young man Phil also served his country in the United States Army.
After graduating, Phil eventually found his way to Muskegon, Michigan, where he took a job working for Sears. There, he met a single mother with a young son named Betty Jean Vanderstelt. They dated, fell in love, and were married on November 12, 1956. Phil legally adopted her son, Cliff. A daughter, Cheryl, was born in 1957. The family settled in Roosevelt Park, and although the marriage ended in divorce in 1964, Phil remained active in his children’s lives. To support his family, Phil worked for various companies including Goodwill Industries and Hasper Equipment. Eventually, Phil decided to go into social work so he went back to school. So he got his master’s degree, and went on to work as a clinical social worker for Muskegon Community Mental Health until his retirement in 1992.
New and exciting changes were in store for Philip when he met his true love. Her name was Barbara Beegle. They dated and were married on September 23, 1972. In 1975 they moved to a house on Miller Drive in North Muskegon. Phil would call this place home for the rest of his life.
Throughout his life Phil maintained an active lifestyle having fun and making memories with the people and things he enjoyed most. He loved boats and being out on the water. He had several sailboats in the early years and eventually switched to power boats. One of Phil’s favorite pastimes was taking family members out for rides. After retiring, he and Barb wintered in Arizona for a few years, and they also raised several show cats together.
As trials came his way, Phil’s strength became apparent. Barb had battled cancer and recovered while Phil had his own health issues including a successful heart valve replacement. Barb later was diagnosed with leukemia and died in 2006. Although he was deeply saddened by her death, he flourished in his independence. Phil was very social and enjoyed the company of others. He was a regular at Carmen’s Café and enjoyed his coffee buddies at McDonald’s where it has been said that they solved all the world’s problems. Phil was an avid reader and was well known for being a staunch Republican. He also believed in the power of positive thinking and rarely took a negative view of anything. Phil continued to spend time on the water with his boats and especially enjoyed rides with his grandchildren. He also liked operating remote control aircraft.
A few weeks before Christmas in 2018, Phil became ill and spent time in the hospital. They discovered several major issues, but things were too advanced for anything to be done. All who knew Charles Philip Daniell would agree that he was truly extraordinary., darly loved and will be forever missed.
Charles Philip Daniell passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Phil’s family includes his daughter, Cheryl (Greg) Anderson of Portage; grandchildren, Lori Smith, Brent (Lisa) Daniell, Sarah Anderson, Cory (Sarah) Daniell, Emily Anderson; great grandchildren, Aaron Daniell, Olivia Underwood, Lincoln Daniell; great-great grandchildren, Jesse Follett, Arian Daniell; true friend, Harry the cat. Phil was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara in 2006; son, Clifford Daniell in 2005; daughter-in-law, Gayle Daniell in 2017. Services will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019, 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service at Clock Chapel - Muskegon with Rev. William Uetricht officiating. Memorials can be made to Harbor Hospice Foundation or the Muskegon Rescue Mission.