OBITUARY

James Lester Daniels

July 24, 1943November 19, 2021
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James "Jim" Lester Daniels, age 78, passed away on Friday, November 19, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janice Eileen Daniels; children, Rick Daniels, Jimi (Shana) Daniels, and Debbie (Dave) Chandos; grandchildren, Olivia Olson, Gavin Olson, Joshua Daniels, Tyler Daniels, Trey Daniels, Ellie Chandos, and Ben Chandos; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. He is preceded in death by his brother, Gary Daniels.

Jim was born on July 24, 1943, in DeKalb, IL to the late Omar James and Margaret Josephine Daniels, and was a graduate of Calumet High School. On November 11, 1962, he married the love of his life, Janice Eileen Bauske and, together, they raised three children. Jim retired with 58 years of service from Operating Engineers Local 150 as a crane operator. In addition, he served as an Executive Board Committee member for 16 years and was a mentor to countless coworkers.

Jim was an avid Texas Hold'em card player and known for being a great storyteller. He also enjoyed entertaining his family and friends with his, um-m-m...great singing voice, using any object that he could get his hands on as a makeshift microphone.

Jim was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend to many and will truly be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 8178 Cline Avenue Crown Point, IN, with Pastor Rebecca Sundquist officiating. Interment to follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Crown Point, IN.

Friends are invited to meet with the family on Monday, November 29, 2021 from 2:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Please share your condolences and fond and funny memories with the family on our website www.chapellawnfunerals.com

Services

  • Public Visitation

    Monday, November 29, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021

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Dave Strayer

December 3, 2021

My deepest sympathy for the Daniels' family. I will always remember Jimmy as a great person to be around. He was always so much fun and could defuse tense situations. He had an wonderful way of connecting with people. I'm honored to have known him. He will be missed.

Teri Daniels ( Larmon)

November 29, 2021

My dad, Gary ( Jim’s younger brother) died 28 years ago. Uncle jim and Aunt Janice are a huge part of my upbringing! So many wonderful memories I will cherish in my heart forever! He always supported me. Prayers to the entire family! Uncle Jim was a great man! I am so glad to know he isn’t in any pain any more.
Sending my love. - “ Little Teri” lol

Cheryl Stout-Graziano

November 28, 2021

Jim was always smiling. I remember the big snowstorm. We walked to our house (Stout) then back to the Daniel home. The kids wrestled in the front room while the parents laughed in the kitchen.

Kenneth Giertz

November 22, 2021

sorry to hear about Jimmy's passing. we worked together. sending prayers for comfort. Rest in Peace

Ken Wade

November 21, 2021

I wonderful remembers Mr. Daniels (James) at his son's sporting events and how proud he was of them both. He seemed to always be happy. Rest in peace.

Kim Jaroszewski

November 20, 2021

Papa Jim will never be forgotten. His Angels were calling him home. Now he's your angel, watching and guiding you through your days. He loved you all. My thoughts, prayers, and love are with you. (((Hugs)))

Liz Isham

November 20, 2021

Jim and Janice were a wonderful part of life with my husband Leonard before he passed away. I remember the weekends spent at their house sitting around the kitchen table talking for hours. Wonderful people always with a smile, a laugh and lots of love to give. You’ll be very much missed Jim, Now you can play poker with Leonard again, make sure you give him a hug for me.

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