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Daniels, Ernest Wayne1949

D.O.D 12/10/2011 - Ernest Wayne Daniels was born August 14, 1921, in Breckinridge, Oklahoma, the son of Josiah J. and Anna Belle Routh Daniels.

Wayne was a graduate of Enid High School in 1940. He came to Phillips in the spring of 1946 and attended several semesters.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II. His military action included the European Theatre and North Africa (EAME). He was a POW, receiving the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

He returned to Oklahoma, serving in the National Guard, and was administrator in the Oklahoma National Guard in Enid. He also served during the Korean conflict and retired from the United States Army as a Lt. Colonel in 1966. During his military career, he served as a field artillery unit commander and a tactical nuclear weapons instructor.

He was united in marriage to Carol G. (Gerry) Helton on June 1, 1946, in Enid, Okla. He and Gerry moved to Enid in 1987.

He was a member of Central Christian Church, where he served as treasurer, elder and a member of the Caregivers for many years.

He was a member of Enid Kiwanis Club from 1987 to 2010. He was named Kiwanian of the Year several times. His work with the Kiwanis Club included the upkeep and the driving of the train at Meadowlake Park in Enid.

Wayne had a daughter, Diana Daniels Taylor; and sons, Mark Daniels, and Jim Daniels.
He died December 10, 2011.