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Official Obituary of

James Henry McDaniel

November 8, 1932 ~ November 23, 2023 (age 91) 91 Years Old

James McDaniel Obituary

James H. “Jim” McDaniel, age 91, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2023, after a battle with dementia. He was born on November 8, 1932, son of the late Gordon and Elvira (Van Lannen) McDaniel. James married Betty Matchett on May 21, 1955, and together have shared over 68 years of marriage.

James served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He has since been a member of the Kaukauna VFW Post #3319 and American Legion Post #41. James worked for the Outagamie County Highway Department and retired as Superintendent after 42 years of service. He also served as a City Alderman for 16 years and County Board Supervisor for 22 years. James was a long-time member of the Knights of Columbus and volunteered at St. Mary Catholic Church in Kaukauna for over 45 years as a Mass server. James was very proud of his Irish Heritage and was always the life of the party. He enjoyed getting together with his friends and spending time with his loving family.

James is survived by his wife, Betty McDaniel; children: Jamie, Chuck (Cammie), Sara (Mike), Dennis (Susann) and Brendon (Jeanne); son-in-law, Roger (Elaine);  grandchildren: Dan (Ginger), Liz (Tyler), Stephanie (Kris), Mickala, Megan (Dijon), Marissa (Andy), Max (Quinn), Bailey (Megan), Brynn, Ahleah and Nakitah (Steve); great grandchildren: Morgan, Lydia, Brooklyn, Addison, Jameson, Landen and Kiera; great-great granddaughter, Everleigh; Betty’s siblings: Pat Arnoldussen and Jim Matchett; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

James was preceded in death by his parents; daughters: Mary and Maureen; grandsons: Roger and Patrick; great grandson, Jimmy; siblings: Vic, Mary, Joan, Margaret, twin Jane, Howard; father and mother-in-law: Ed and Helen Matchett.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 1, 2023, at St. Katharine Drexel Parish-St. Mary Site, 119 W. 7th Street, Kaukauna. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial is being established in James’ name. For online condolences, please visit

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs at The Landings and AseraCare Hospice for the wonderful care and compassion.

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December 1, 2023

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Katharine Drexel Parish - St. Mary Church (Kaukauna)

Funeral Mass
December 1, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Katharine Drexel Parish - St. Mary Church (Kaukauna)


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