|Floyd C. Danielson, 80|
|Written by TRF Times|
Brownfield, Texas - Floyd Clifton Danielson, formerly of Middle River, died in his sleep on Tuesday, January 17, 2006, in Brownfield Texas.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are pending with Brownfield Funeral Home in Brownfield, Texas.
Floyd was the second son of Dave and Olga Danielson, born May 8, 1925 in Marshall County. He grew up on the family farm near Middle River. He spent his first eight years of school in a one-room schoolhouse and graduated from Lincoln High School, Thief River Falls, in 1943.
He married his hometown sweetheart, Kathleen aka Mickey Nordlum-Gullickson and lovingly raised five children, Geraldine (Reb) Sawitz of Wildomar, Calif., Kathy (Walter) Birdseye of Tacoma, Wash.; Cynthia (Joe) Carso of Florence, Ore., LeAnne Baile of Tarzana, Calif., and Shawn Danielson, who preceded him in death.
Floyd joined the Army, serving in the Korean War, and rising through the ranks to Warrant Officer Four. He earned the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Combat Infantryman's Badge; National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Army Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal. He was a "missile man" in the Nike-Hercules Air Defense program at Ft Bliss Texas when he retired in 1975.
After Mickey's death, Floyd met his second wife, Virginia Diehl, whom he married in 1974. They spent thirty-two happy years together, many in Capitan, N.M., where they were active members of the local senior center and representatives at both state and national Senior Olympics, earning several medals.
Floyd was an honorary life member of the American Legion, having served as financial officer for many years. Floyd is survived by his wife Virginia; four daughters, three-stepchildren, Randy (Sue) Ralston of Brownfield, Texas, Ronald (Darlene) Ralston of Dallas, Texas, Marta (Steve) Barringer of Hobbs, N.M.; as well as twenty grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He lived life to the fullest, with a twinkle in his eye, a song in his heart, and a kind word for everyone he met.