Patrick Lee McDaniel

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died December 24th, 2018

Patrick Lee McDaniel, passed away early Monday morning, December 24, 2018 at the Lighthouse Health and Rehabilitation Center in Ishpeming.

He was born in Pontiac on March 17, 1954, the son of Calvin Jr. and Mary (Sumner) McDaniel.

On, July 7, 1984, Patrick married Joyce Winberg at St. Francis de Sales Church in Manistique.

Patrick received his GED in Manistique the same year Joyce graduated in 1984.

He was employed at Island Resort and Casino as a Black Jack and Craps Dealer but was also proud of his time as “house spouse”.

Patrick was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed the time spent in the woods.  In his younger years, he was a member of the Eagles Club in Manistique.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce of Escanaba; children, Hiedi (Derek) Davis from Appleton, Patrick McDaniel Jr. and Heather McDaniel of Escanaba; grandchildren, Jason and Lauren Davis; siblings, Coleen McGee (Jim Kitchen), Calvin (Pam) McDaniel III, Dennis (Kathy) McDaniel and Lindsay McDaniel.

Patrick was preceded in death by parents and siblings, Mary Kay and Michael McDaniel.

Visitation will be held on Friday, December 28th from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba.  The funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. with Deacon Mike LeBeau officiating.  A meal will follow in the funeral home lounge.

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4 Tributes to “Patrick Lee McDaniel”

  1. Joyce and family, My heart and prayers go out to you all at this time of great loss. You have my deepest sympathies!!

  2. May you Rest In Peace Pat. I have many childhood memories from the Second Street crowd.

  3. Joyce, I am sorry to hear that you have lost your husband. Please take care of yourself. You are in my thoughts and prayers. You and your family have my sincere sympathy.

  4. The words I could not share at the funeral services. I was too emotional. Heather and Hiedi both told me to say the first part because they didn’t believe I could say all these words out loud without them having to carry me away from podium. They know me all too well. But in the privacy of our home, I wanted to share my words here. I love you with all my heart. I see you in our children and in our grandchildren. A smile, a gesture, or their wit. I will keep your memory alive, so Jason and Lauren won’t forget you.

    The Journey of our Love. Every day that passes, I feel that I have loved you more. I am thankful for the times we spent together. I know and feel that you were my perfect companion and friend. And I’d choose you again . . . And again . . . And again!
    Naturally, we had difficult moments I would be lying if I said otherwise. But I would not give up those we had, Because it’s part of the Journey of our love, That we had been on. I wish we could have traveled together longer. I wanted to travel by your side . . . Forever. Because I loved you

    How did we get here?
    Why, of all the people on the planet, Did we seek and find comfort in one another?

    Honestly, I don’t know. But I would like to think the universe brought us Together for a reason. That we were supposed to have helped each Other grow into the people we were always Meant to become.

    Words seem so feeble right now. Life is so precious, and death is such a thief. The depths of your pain you suffered the Last six months of your life. I cannot comprehend. But to hear you cry in pain. It broke my heart. I stood alongside of you in the darkness.
    Love is a bond that death cannot part. Gone from my arms but still in my Heart forever.

    Once in a lifetime, 5If you are truly lucky. You meet someone whose warm smile And sensitive nature 5Captures your heart; And you know . . . In an instance That the two of us were meant to Be together. That’s exactly how we felt about. Each other
    Pat you were my once in a lifetime And even though I may not have Shown it as often as I should have. I know how blessed I was to have
    Had You the last 36 years together. You were and still are my everything to me and I will spend forever loving you.

    Our children are all grown up. We did what we could for our family. They will have lives of their own. Hopefully the three of them find the love we had. At times our home seems so quiet now. Now That you are gone. I pause to remember all of Our blessings and how they outnumbered Our hardships. I have no regrets . . . None at all, when it Comes to the time we spent together and the love we shared.

    However, The regrets that I do have is the future that We envisioned for ourselves. The things we were Looking forward to doing in the next couple of months, Our new home, renewing our vows on our 35th wedding Anniversary in July 2019, and watching our grandchildren grow up.

    I heard a question in a movie recently that asked. “Have you ever lost someone, Someone you loved so much that life without them seemed Impossible.” My answer to that is: it’s like a piece of me is missing or lost. I don’t know if I could ever face this type of
    hurt ever again.

    My question is: How am I supposed to do this without you? I’ve always had you Pat to lean on for comfort and support. You were my rock. You were the one I turned to, to help me get Through my grief, my pain, and my loss of a loved one.

    In the last six months I asked myself frequently how I would live without You. I found out Christmas Eve. I’m not sure how strong I will be. I feel like I’m falling to pieces and trying to figure out how I’m going To face the future and to live without you. I’m having a hard time letting you Go and to say goodbye. It’s still too surreal to me. I know I will never get over you.
    I recently heard a willie Nelson song That says “it’s not something you get over, but it’s something you get through.” This is so true. I am so sorry I could not say these words at your funeral. I said the first part to you and put the rest of these words in your shirt pocket for you to have.

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