A private family memorial service was held last week. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Mr. Daniel, a Canyon resident for the past 62 years, is survived by his wife of 69 years, LaVerne S. Daniel; two brothers, Wayne Daniel of Minden, Nevada, and Robert Daniel of Madison, Wisconsin; a daughter, Vicki Daniel Eder and husband John of Amarillo, Texas; a son, Larry Daniel and wife Joy of Carrollton, Texas; three granddaughters, Melissa Eder of Amarillo, Texas, Lauran Daniel Helms and husband Dwight of Sugar Land, Texas and Jaclyn Daniel Ory and husband Benjamin of LaPlace, Louisiana; and six great-grandchildren, Hadleigh Helms, Jonah Daniel Ory, McKinley Helms, Ainsley Ory, Sanders Ory and Elise Ory.
Alfred was born to Q.J. and Lillie Daniel in Amarillo on July 29, 1925. After graduating from Amarillo High School and attending West Texas State Teachers College for one year, Mr. Daniel joined the Army Air Corps where he served as a B29 and B17 Navigator during World War II. He returned to Amarillo in 1945 and was employed at Smythe Auto Supply for 8 years. In 1953, he opened Canyon Auto Parts which he owned and operated for twenty years. Squirrelly was active in the Canyon community serving for over twenty years as a Canyon Volunteer Fireman. He was a member of the Lions Club and was a Little League baseball coach for 8 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Amarillo for many years. In fact, both Alfred and LaVerne were regulars in the First Christian Church nursery in the late 1920’s.
Squirrelly loved his family and the many friends and customers of Canyon Auto Parts. He spent his final years enjoying the company of his coffee shop friends at the Donut Stop in Canyon and as a caregiver to his wife LaVerne.
The family has requested that memorials be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, West Texas National Chapter, 4687 North Mesa, Suite 200, El Paso, TX 79012.