M. Lynn Daniel
May 3, 1927 – May 11, 2020
M. Lynn Daniel,93, of Indianapolis, departed this life Sunday, May 10, 2020. He was born May 3, 1927 in Revere, Missouri to the late Clarence Jasper and Elva Bernice (Laughlin) Daniel. Lynn volunteered to serve his country in the United States Navy during World War II and was recalled to serve during the Korean War. He earned a degree in business and economics from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri, putting himself through college partly by teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. Working as a surety manager most of his life, Lynn was with Aetna for 19 years and USF&G for 17 years. He then worked for Insurance Partners, a division of Hunt Construction, and served on the boards of ICI and two construction firms. He was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis and Hiram Lodge #362 F & AM.
Lynn succeeded in business through an incredible acumen about situations and people, and a deep sense of fairness and principle. He cultivated many longstanding relationships within his field, and he took pride in the achievements of younger colleagues whom he mentored. Behind all of this hard work was one overarching drive: to provide for the family that he loved beyond words. His world revolved around his wife and daughter, whom he credited with enabling any success he attained. Likewise, beneath his no-nonsense demeanor lay a generous spirit, a soft heart, and a belief in second chances. Lynn was a great friend and teller of funny tales, collected from experiences during his rural childhood, his time in the Navy, and travels near and far. May his spirit live on through the retelling of those stories. Lynn was recently preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Helen M. (Kemmer) Daniel. He is survived by his loving daughter, Sharan L. Daniel and son-in-law Robin M. Selk. He is also survived by his dear brother, W. Gene Daniel.
Following cremation, Lynn will be laid to rest at Kahoka Cemetery in Kahoka, MO. Memorial contributions in Lynn’s name are suggested to: Progress House in Indianapolis, or the City of Kahoka Cemetery Trust Fund.
Online condolences are available at: www.leppertmortuary.com
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
M. Lynn Daniel
May 24, 2020
I was shocked and saddened to learn of Lynn’s passing. I can not imagine the Indiana Highway Industry without Lynn Daniels having an active part in it.
He had such an impact on all of us who knew him and respected him.
He will be missed !!
LaPorte Construction Company, Inc
May 24, 2020
Sharan and Robin,
Hal and I extend our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and we are anxious to be with you when circumstances permit.
I have many fond memories of Uncle Lynn and the common threads running through all of them are his steadfast love, loyalty, and support. He always made me feel special and confident. As I read the beautiful tributes written by family and friends during the past week, I realized how many others also benefited from having Uncle Lynn in their corner. He was a good man.
With love, Jean
May 23, 2020
I knew Lynn through Sharan, his daughter, and always thought he was probably the best dad I'd ever seen. Over time, he helped me like he would his own daughter, and that to me was priceless. But even more than that, I remember his humor--he was a very funny man--and his fond stories of a large circle of friends and family. The number of lives he touched was large and I'm so glad mine was one of them. There will always be fond memories and a special place in my heart for Lynn and Helen, two of the sweetest people I ever met. Lynn might have preferred not to be described as sweet, though, so I'll change that to generous and warm with that signature humor to liven things up. I'll miss them both.
May 21, 2020
I first met Helen, I think in the middle 70s. Time goes by so fast and I don't keep track of first meetings. A few years later, I met Lynn. I functioned as their tax accountant and advisor until his passing. Lynn was an exceptional man. He was driven to be the best man he could be, and he achieved that. He was devoted to Helen as she was to him. I always looked forward to seeing them and hearing about their past years adventures. Lynn and Helen will both be missed, not only by me, but by countless other friends and family. My personal belief in God is that He is all loving and has accepted both Lynn and Helen into His arms. The health issues both have faced in these recent years are now over and both are finally at total peace. I am thankful to have shared so many years with Lynn and Helen and will cherish my memories of our interactions. To his family, I give my condolences as I know from personal experience how difficult it is to lose a parent and/or sibling. The good memories will keep our hearts warm.
May 20, 2020
Fond memories of Lynn and his wife breaking bread with entire Beaty family at ICI conventions. He was a friend and trusted advocate for Beaty Construction. God Bless!
Dan Beaty and friends at Beaty Construction
May 20, 2020
Lynn was one of my favorite people, kind and fun to be around. He was known by all as the best bondsman on the business. I have always given him credit for helping me start my business. I will truly miss him.
May 19, 2020
Sharan and family,
I just wanted to share my deepest sympathies on the recent passing of both Lynn and Helen. I know we have never met, but I have heard about you for years. I have known Lynn and then Helen for the past 30 + years, first in the Surety business, and then as a friend, mentor and long serving member of our Board of Directors.
Lynn was no doubt one of a kind. He was caring, insightful and really helped me personally as well as being a great Board Member for Weddle. I will miss our phone calls and his email stories and humor that he used to keep in touch the last couple of years.
May God Bless you in this time of loss.
May 18, 2020
There are a few people that come through each of our lives that shape us and leave us better than they found us. Lynn was one of those few for me. I know many reading this would agree he did the same for them.
I worked with and for Lynn from 1989 (when I was 22) until his retirement from Insurance Partners in the 2008 time frame. He was a great mentor, coach, cheerleader, salesman, underwriter and most of all friend.
I will remember Lynn as the man who:
* Helped me work harder and smarter
* Showed me the people in any equation are the most important variable
* Taught me Loyalty & Trust are the grounds upon which any team wins or loses
* Insisted that we must mature to make our own decisions and stand by them, win or lose
* Taught love was helping those around you
I will miss my friend but will see him again tomorrow in the imprint on my life and those whom he shaped.
J. Barton Douglas
May 17, 2020
Rest In Peace my good friend...
No person influenced my adult life more than Lynn Daniel. From the day I met Lynn in Indianapolis in 1976 my life was forever changed; he was my teacher, my mentor, my boss and my friend. I credit Lynn with instilling in me the essentials to prosper in my chosen career, as well how to be a gentleman. I will never forget Lynn’s deep respect for the opposite sex, always the consummate gentleman and generous host. Good luck beating Lynn to a restaurant or bar tab..... he was a master at that.
Deep in my memory are the many hours Lynn and I spent in the car together trying to cobble together our previous evening’s meeting/dinner with our clients. I was entertained with story after story of construction industry events, claims and intrigue. The retrieval of all the facts and story lines were amazing.
The industry that Lynn supported and served so well will always be indebted to the unwavering respect and diligence Lynn paid to those great people whom own and manage construction firms. To have Lynn in your corner was special, and his clients knew it. His counsel and his loyalty was without end.
I will miss you Lynn.... thank you one last time.
Your good friend
May 16, 2020
There's never enough time to get all the memories.
We had a lot of visits over the years, both in Indianapolis and in Florida when Lynn and Helen were wintering down there. He had a lot of stories; some about construction jobs, a lot about the high jinks he and his brother got up to when they were growing up. Then there were stories from his Navy days; serving on the USS Bremerton at the end of WWII, and on a hospital ship in the Korean War.
He had a sharp mind and a fantastic head for figures and for people. One of the things that most impressed me about him was that when his wife could no longer do the family accounting, Lynn - who was in his late 80s by then - got himself a computer and figured out how to use it. He'll be missed.
May 16, 2020
Dad was always arranging things. He had certain ideas about the way things should be handled. Once he had come to an agreement with someone on such particulars, he would end the conversation with "Okay, Pardner?" often with a wink. Didn't matter if it was a man or woman; he called me "Pardner," too. I don't know if it was something he got from all those Westerns he watched, but he said it as long as I can remember, and I can still hear him saying it. He also always called what he did the "bond bidness." I used to tease him about saying "bidness" and he would make me laugh by exaggeratedly saying "BIZ-uh-ness" in response. It just sounded so wrong, coming from him. His voice, and his idioms, were so much a part of his personality. I hope to always hear them in my head.
May 15, 2020
I met Lynn as a fellow resident at Marquette. He grabbed my attention because of his friendliness and gentlemanly way and by his obvious love and dedication to Helen.
Although our friendship was not of long duration, it nonetheless is a memorable one.