Phillip Lee McDaniel

May 25, 1952October 29, 2018

Phillip Lee McDaniel, 66, passed away, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, at his home in Salkum, Wash. He was born in Chehalis, May 25, 1952, to Van and Donna Jean (Jenks) McDaniel. Phillip graduated from Mossyrock High School in 1970. He worked as hard as he played. Phillip had a passion for life… from dancing to four wheeling in the Oregon dunes. He belonged to the Alder Benders Jeep Club and to the Mount St. Helens Search and Rescue Team. He was always on the go, but above all else, believed that family was the most important thing in life. Phillip especially loved spending quality time with his grandchildren. After graduation from high school, Phillip completed basic training with the United States Army, then transferred to the United States Air Force Reserves where he served until retirement. He worked for the McDaniel and TDS Telephone Companies. He was a firefighter with the Salkum Fire Department for 42 years, serving as chief for 20 of those years. He started Mill Creek Trees, supplying Christmas trees to families for several years. Phillip is survived by his loving wife, Cathy McDaniel; children, Traci (McDaniel) Hiebert, Lee McDaniel, Kirsten Yager, Kristofor Yager and Erik Yager; grandchildren, Gavin and Bailey Hiebert, Serenity and Killian McDaniel; parents, Van and Janet McDaniel; sisters, Dorann Eckhoff, Wanda Miller Mills, Vanda Chess and Vicki Friedrich. He is preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Donna and Gib Miller. A funeral service with military honors, will take place at 1 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at Salkum Community Church, with a graveside to follow at Salkum Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Phillip’s family requests donations be made to Providence Hospice, Lymphoma Research or to a charitable group of your choice. Please consider organ donation to save a life.


  • Providence Hospice, Lymphoma Research


  • Funeral Service Friday, November 9, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, November 9, 2018

Phillip Lee McDaniel

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Randy Lounsbury

March 22, 2019

I was in boot camp with Phil. Came up and spent a 4th of July with him shortly after getting back from boot camp. Sorry I didn’t get to spend more time with him but being from Vancouver Wa. We weren’t exactly next door. He was a great guy, I’m sorry for his passing.
Randy Lounsbury

Dawni Hutchison

November 7, 2018

I am so very sorry to hear of Phil's passing. Van, Jan, Vanda, and Viki please know that my love, thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Having grown up with Vanda and Viki I knew Phil for many years and I am sure to him I was one of the younger thorns in his side. He was always very kind and tolerant though. One of my funniest childhood memories of Phil is one time Vanda and I were making mud pies and Phil was kidding around with us. We got up to walk away and I threw my mud pie over my shoulder and it hit Phil right in the face. Not on purpose I promise. And I will always remember his big dog Hoss. Phil was a great man and helped many in the Salkum community, including my parents (Roy and Lee Ridenhour) for which I am very grateful. You will be missed Phil McDaniel. My love and hugs to the entire family,