James “Mac” McDaniel, age 70, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, holding Judy’s hand on Monday, February 1, 2016.
His life was extended by the generosity of the kidney from his sister Marcia, which she gave to him on her birthday. Complications from diabetes and heart problems began to take a toll on his life the past five years, yet he never lost his good nature and humor. Mac never complained. Jim was born on June 24, 1945 in New London, to the late Hank and Ruth (Hanson) McDaniel. In 1964 he graduated from New London High School. He attended Lakeland College and later entered the US Marine Corp. He was employed at MCC as a grader operator. Jim truly enjoyed his job and the people he worked with. He retired early due to health reasons. On May 30, 1995, he married Judy Barrington Fields in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Graceland Wedding Chapel. Mac and Judy renewed their wedding vows on their 10th wedding anniversary with Rev. Bob Kollath, in the presence of their family. Mac was known for his love of Elvis, his favorite cigar and his love for golf, especially getting his hole-in-one on September 7, 2007, on hole #7 with a 7 iron at New London Country Club. Jim’s greatest joy was his love for his three stepchildren and his grandkids. Jim was a member of the Wolf River Men’s Club, The Shamrock Club of New Dublin, The American Legion and the AMVETS.
James is survived by his wife Judy; sisters, Kathy Frankulin, Butternut; Ann (John) Benriter, LaCanada, CA; Marcia Martin, Sarasota, FL and Sue (Frank) Roberts, Hubertus; children, Shane (Mary) Fields, New Berlin; Troy (Leanne) Fields, New London and Leah (Scott) Looker, Waupaca; grandchildren, Brady Looker, Garrett Fields (fiancé Ari), Allison Fields, Morgan Fields, Maddie Fields, McKenna Looker and Gavin Fields; Judy’s family, Mike and Ruth Barrington, New London; Suzi Snyder, New London; Margie and John Kloehn, Shawano; Dan and Melanie Barrington, Green Bay; Tom “Moochie” and Judi Barrington, New London; Kathy and Russ Laczniak, Ames, IA; Joan and Steve Malliet, New London and many special, lifelong friends and relatives. James was preceded in death by his parents; Judy’s parents, Ward and Margaret Barrington; brother-in-law, Pete Snyder; brother-in-law and sister-in-law David “Fluff” and Bonnie Barrington; special niece, Sara Barrington Young and cousin Jane Key.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 5, 2016 at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, New London. Rev. Bob Kollath will be officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Cline and Hanson Funeral Home in New London and again from 9-11 directly at the church on Friday. Burial will be at Most Precious Blood Cemetery in the spring. Lunch will be served at Shamrock Heights following the service.
A special thanks to Dr. Winek for the past 14 years of care, Chris Klimik and also the staff at the following hospitals, Theda Clark, AMC and ThedaCare New London. The doctors and nurses found Jim entertaining and not a complainer.
A special thanks to all of his family and Judy’s friends and family for the many visits help throughout his illness.
“You only pass through this life once, you don’t come back for an encore” Elvis Presley
The Cline and Hanson Funeral Home in New London is serving the family. www.clineandhansonfuneralhome.com