|Death: ||Aug. 6, 2007|
The Rev. Richard W. Daniels, longtime priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, died August 6, 2007 at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born in Detroit, MI in 1930, the son of Charles W. Daniels, a consulting engineer, and Ruth Olmsted Daniels, both proud descendants of families which traced their origins to the Pilgrims and Colonists. They preceded him in death. Father Daniels was a husband of Janice Hanner Daniels of Tulsa, OK with whom he cherished a boundless love and great joy in life. He was blessed to be father to Dinah Daniels Pierotti of Albuquerque, NM, Kevin and Eric Oxley and Jodi Oxley Wisdom, all of Tulsa. He rejoiced in their spouses and children; all these survived him. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wabash College in Indiana, a school which he loved and supported throughout his life. He graduated with a Masters in Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA. He also studied at the Columbia University School of Law in NYC, Union Theological Seminary in NYC and Cambridge University in England. He served in the US Army during the Korean conflict and was discharged with the rank of sergeant. In 1959, Father Daniels was ordained Deacon and Priest in Indianapolis where he served at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and later at St. John's Church in Tulsa. In 1963 he was appointed founding priest of St. Dunstan's Church, Tulsa, from which he retired as Rector in 1993, a ministry of over 30 years. It became a large and vibrant congregation due to his labors and those of countless lay members. At retirement, he was named Rector-emeritus, and Honorary Canon of the Diocese of Oklahoma, in recognition of his leadership to the parish, diocese and Tulsa community. By the appointment of then-Mayor, James M. Hewgley, he served the Fair Housing and Community Relations Commissions of Tulsa. For many years Father Daniels maintained communications among his seminary and college classmates, and his fellow retired clergy and spouses in the diocese. He edited a newsletter for Anglican and Roman Catholic churches and schools around the world which are named for St. Dunstan. The local parish organized and led a pilgrimage to Dunstan sites in England on the millennium of the saint's death in 1988, concluding at Canterbury Cathedral when the Archbishop, Robert Runcie, presided. Daniels is the author of Dunstan, Jewel of the English, a brief biography published in 1997. Father Daniels sustained a keen interest in the life and vocation of clergy, serving as a founder and president of the Clergy Association of the diocese. He was particularly devoted to the diocesan endowment in support of clergy sabbaticals, having experienced two sabbaticals in England. He was an active alumnus of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, which he served as chapter president, and was a clerical deputy to three General Conventions of the Episcopal Church, as well as elected terms on the Diocesan Council and appointment to various other commissions and chairmanships. Before and during retirement, the Daniels enjoyed traveling at home and abroad. A son, Edmund Daniels, preceded him in death, and his sisters, Marilyn Henson of Vero Beach, FL, and Barbara Laundergan of Candlewood Isle, CT survive him, as does a host of other kin, colleagues and many friends.
Janice Marie Hanner Daniels (1939 - 2013)*
Saint Dunstans Episcopal Church Cemetery
Plot: Intered in memorial garden
Created by: J Spencer
Record added: Sep 06, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21391783