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Robert Earl "Bob" Daniels

Born: Sun., Jul. 11, 1943
Died: Wed., Apr. 15, 2020


Graveside Service

11:30 AM Thu., May 28, 2020
Location: Carlton Cemetery


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Billings - Robert Earl Daniels died on April 15, 2020 in Billings, MT, with his family by his side. He was born July 11 1943 in Missoula, MT. His parents were Elizabeth (Betty) and Roy Daniels. Bob was raised in the Bitterroot and attended grade school and high school in Stevensville, MT. Upon graduation he enrolled at the University of Montana and received B.S. degrees in Forestry and Wildlife Biology. On October 2, 1965 he married his soul mate and best friend, Phyllis. They had two children, Brenda and Craig. He worked on the Bitterroot National Forest, the Medicine Bow, and the Bighorn as a Forester. He was employed as a Wildlife Biologist in the Tongass Forest. Bob received many awards for exceptional and outstanding work. He was an avid sports fan and loyal supporter of his Griz he attended Griz basketball and football games for over 50 years. He often reminisced of his Dad taking him to the first basketball game played in the Adams Field House in 1955--the Griz played Indiana--there was sawdust along the court sides and he was in awe of the size of the building. His loyalty and love of his Griz started then and never wavered over the years. He loved sports and coached Peewee and Little League baseball then Jr. High football for 4 years and enjoyed working with children. As a small boy, he fished and hunted with his father and was very adept at both. Many wonderful times were spent with friends ice fishing. Bob was a recognized guru for telling people what bait to use--the best time to fish, depths in particular areas of the lakes, etc. He developed a shrimp trap for himself and his friends. His smoked salmon was known throughout the­ fishing community for its taste and quality. When the computer age dawned, Bob was determined to be adept and knowledgeable with the technology. Through reading and practice, he became extremely competent and skilled He was the person his circle of friends would call when they were having computer problems, when they were going to buy a computer, and when his wife could not get the computer to work, which was often. Upon retirement, Bob began to experiment with cooking. He made outstanding chili and had a delivery route to friends who would receive his chili when he made it--his seafood chowder was awesome and received rave reviews. His delectable smoked turkey was in high demand whenever there was a family function. In addition to culinary skills Bob enjoyed golf, watching sports, travel, especially to Jasper National Park in Canada, genealogy, reading, and was a Civil War buff. He thought the very best times were those spent with family and grandchildren. He treasured these times and held the memories close to his heart. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Betty Daniels, his wife Phyllis Daniels, brother-in-law Jack Pfau and nephew David Roberts. Bob is survived by his daughter, Brenda (Aaron) of Miles City MT., son Craig (Cori) of Keizer, Or. grandsons Robert Kneeland of Miles City, Mt, Bradley Kneeland (Cory Harman) of Billings, MT, grand-daughter Emily Daniels of Keizer, OR and grandson, Tanner Daniels of Keizer, OR. Sister Linda Pfau of Stevensville, MT, brother-in-law Ken (Diana) Roberts of Bend, OR and brother-in-law Dennis (Sandra) Roberts of Renton WA and 3 nieces and 4 nephews. The family sends special thanks to the caring and loving staff of Tender Nest, LLC in Billings, especially Melissa. Bob requested donations be made to the Humane Society. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family memorial is being held.  Interment will take place at the Florence-Carlton Cemetery in Florence at 11:30 A.M. on Thursday, May 28, 2020.

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Pat and Jim Pfau
   Posted Tue April 21, 2020
We are extremely saddened by the news of Bob’s passing but we know he is happily reconnected with Phyllis. Please accept our deepest condolences

Pat and Jim Pfau

Kennneth Andrews
   Posted Wed April 22, 2020
Brenda & Craig,
I want to tell you how sorry I am about the loss of your Dad. He and your Mom were great friends and I spent many times at their home enjoying conversation and your Mom's great cooking. As I have mentioned to you I gave them a ride to Missoula the day of their engagement after their designated driver (your Mom's brother) decided to test the ditch rather than stay on the highway. It was a great pleasure to have your parents as some of my closest friends and I will miss them both; they were indeed special people who always made me feel at home. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

Debbie (Stipe) and Jack May
   Posted Wed April 22, 2020
It is with such sadness that I see we have lost our “Morris Cousin” Bob. He had a huge heart for finding all of our connections and sharing photos with their stories about our shared relationships. My Mom passed at the same time his dear Phyllis did and we have now lost 3 full “libraries” of love. Our thoughts and prayers will be with all of you during this difficult time. May your memories bring you much peace and love.

Gary Hamer
   Posted Wed April 29, 2020
Your father was a good man. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss.Bob and I were in the same class in school and I have lots of good memories of that time.We ice fished together in later years and that was some of the best times. He was a good friend.

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