Daniel C. Junius

May 5, 1985January 6, 2021

It is with deepest sorrow that we announce that our beloved son, brother, grandson, cousin, nephew, "Uncle Dan Dan" and friend Daniel Callaghan Junius, passed away on January 6, 2021.

Dan was born on May 5, 1985 and lived a life filled with love and mischievousness. He generously shared his passions with so many, whether it was poetry, music or skiing. Dan graced us with his infectious laugh and a smile that could light up a room; he was skilled at sales and loved playing poker, Texas holdem being the favorite. He was happiest when pushing himself physically whether on a mountain or behind a boat and if heaven looks anything like Dale Hollow Lake, I’m sure he hasn’t stopped smiling since he got there.

Please join us in our celebration and remembrance of his life at The Journey West County Church, 625 Meramec Station Road, Manchester, MO on Monday, January 18, 10am followed by burial at Calvary Cemetery and celebratory lunch to follow.

Dan is survived by his loving parents, Paul and Ann (MacDonald), his brother Kevin (Emily Smith), sisters Alison (Mitch Votruba) and Kathryn, his grandmother Anna May Junius; nieces Elsa, Leigh and Nelle, nephews Hudson, Walker and Ford; dear friend Marilu and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Memorial contributions to Milwaukee Rescue Mission, 830 N 19th St, Milwaukee, WI 53233 are welcome. Dan always loved the hands on helping of others, whether it was listening to somebody’s story; teaching little people how to ski or writing a poem to ease the pain of another.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Maureen McAvoy

January 18, 2021

Dear Ann & Paul,

Oh my gosh, what a loss for you & the world. Our memories of Danny, as our family knew him, are that he was a live wire, a source of infectious energy and cute as all get out. He was a buddy to our son, Andrew Kilgust from nursery school through high school. They spent hours together as cub & boy scouts, at the Fox Point pool, riding bikes and skate boarding. What an innocent time for them. He was a welcome & familiar face at our house on Links Way.

We hold dear the memory of his freckled face, thick black hair, jet fueled activity level, and his impish smile.

Prayers & love to all of you as you grieve.
Maureen McAvoy, Andrew & Bob Kilgust

Michelle MacDonald

January 15, 2021

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, 'There, she is gone'

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me - not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, 'There, she is gone,'
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, 'Here she comes!'

Mary Finch

January 14, 2021

Sorry to hear about your son. I know he will be missed.

From Mary and Kevin Finch

Tiffany Todd

January 14, 2021

Dan helped me through a really difficult time in my life, sharing his gift for poetry with many poetry "slams". He made me smile, and was generous and kind. I often felt self conscious, but not with Dan. He always put me at ease. Often at the pool, and quick to invite over for a drink or sit and talk. He will be missed, but live on in my heart and in my mind. True friends stay with us. Much love to you!

Bonnie White

January 14, 2021

I am so sorry to hear the sad news of Danny’s passing. My thoughts are with your family during this time.

Bonnie, Megan and Philip White