Jim Daniel
May 26, 1949 - December 27, 2020
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc.
Tom "Cubby" Zimmerman
Janie Amstutz
Judy Marten
Katie Buechler
Stan and Sandy Long
Joyce Cox
David C Kuta
Dick Blum
Vigus, Roe, Pientok and King families.
Eric Hintz
Jeremy Spesard
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Private Family Services will be held.

Jim Daniel was many things to many people. He was a son, brother, friend, husband, teacher, father, uncle, grandfather, and great-grandfather. For me he was father, but also teacher, and most certainly friend. But as my first teacher, he set a bar few others were able to exceed, let alone match. He taught me to…

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Kathy Clark left a message on January 9, 2021:
Brenda and family, We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May God hold you in the palm of His hand as you grieve. In sympathy, Kathy, Russ and Sarah Clark
Lorri Mcleod left a message on January 6, 2021:
Brenda and family. I’ll be continuing keeping you guys on my heart and in my Prayers.I remember going to your Wedding. It was a Beautiful one. I Love all your family tributes to Jim. The music was Awesome, as well as Brenda song. Call me when ever u need me.Love u your cousin. Lorri Mcleod
Wayne Campbell left a message on January 6, 2021:
My condolences on Jim's passing. The Daniel family; Jim's friends and colleagues; and the world are enriched by interacting with him and his legacy. I was honored to be Jim's colleague in the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue for 20 years. His impactful teaching, mentoring, and guiding presence will touch our minds and our lives for years and generations to come. Personally, I will remember Jim through my teaching and gardening. May Jim rest in peace.
Kathy Clark left a message on January 6, 2021:
Brenda and family, We are so very sorry to hear about your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. In sympathy, Kathy, Russ and Sarah Clark
Tom "Cubby" Zimmerman left a message on January 6, 2021:
Rest in Peace Prof Jim. You will be missed. Thanks for the memories and friendship.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Janie Amstutz left a message on January 6, 2021:
Although I know that no words can ease the loss you feel, just know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Jim was a wonderful man. Janie
Judy Marten left a message on January 6, 2021:
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May the light of this candle shine down on each of you and grant you peace.
Katie Buechler left a message on January 6, 2021:
In memory of Jim Daniel, Katie Buechler lit a candle
Stan and Sandy Long left a message on January 5, 2021:
God Bless and keep you and your family!! We love you!! 💖🙏
Jill Swaney left a message on January 5, 2021:
Dear Brenda and family,so sorry for your loss,love and prayers are sent your way..
Joyce Cox left a message on January 5, 2021:
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the God of Comfort be with you all. Love Joyce and Andy Cox
David C Kuta left a message on January 5, 2021:
In memory of Jim Daniel, David C Kuta lit a candle
Dick Blum left a message on January 5, 2021:
Jim, there IS beer in Heaven!
Vigus, Roe, Pientok and King families. left a message on January 5, 2021:
In memory of Jim Daniel, Vigus, Roe, Pientok and King families. lit a candle
Anella McFee left a message on January 5, 2021:
Brenda and family, My condolences and prayers are with you on the death of Jim. Blessings, Anella
Dennis Gardner left a message on January 5, 2021:
Jim was a good friend in high school, and when he was working on his degree at Emporia State, my wife and I would visit him and Brenda for a meal a few times. I was always amazed at his level of intelligence. He read books for fun that I couldn't even begin to comprehend. Jim was a good guy, friendly, I never saw him angry, and I was blessed to be his friend. My prayers are with the family of Jim at this time.
Judy Schmitz left a message on January 5, 2021:
Dear Brenda and family. I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My prayers are with you all in this hard time. Best, Judy
Jordan Oshiro left a message on January 4, 2021:
Prayers and love to Dr. Jim Daniel and his loved ones! I was teaching assistant for one of his classes, and as a university lecturer, I used his course materials in my classes. I only knew him as a fun and kind nutrition science faculty member and funny lecturer, but I am grateful to read about his life and family. Much Aloha (love) to Dr. Daniel and his ‘Ohana (extended family)!
Eric Hintz left a message on January 4, 2021:
In memory of Jim Daniel, Eric Hintz lit a candle
Bill Popp left a message on January 4, 2021:
Brenda - I am so sorry to read about your loss. I had lost track of you and Jim after graduation. I know there is not much that I can say to lessen your lose, but I am keeping you and your family in my prayers during this time. With my sincerest respect and affection Bill Popp
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Jeremy Spesard left a message on January 4, 2021:
I had the great pleasure of experiencing Jim’s friendship, advice, and name calling. The name calling especially when I poured a shot of vodka in his beer when he wasn’t looking. Most importantly I had his confidence and support when I needed it most. He will be greatly missed, but more importantly he will be remembered for his greatness. Thanks for everything Professor!
AIdyn Edmundson left a message on January 4, 2021:
The Edmundson family sends our deepest condolences to you and your family. We are praying for all of you.
Madon Minnis Dailey left a message on January 4, 2021:
I went to Haven High School along with Jim and Brenda. Jim was a brilliant wordsmith, whether written or spoken. He was a kind of everyman's philosopher (like Mark Twain or Will Rogers). He had an "aw shucks" delivery, and if you didn't listen closely you could miss the point he was making. I loved seeing Jim and Brenda together. They just seemed to fit each other. (I'd been friends with Brenda from grade school. We went to Girl Scout Camp together.) I loved the remembrance that Janice wrote. Any parent would be thrilled to have these words said of them. And, I can hear Jim's voice in every memory. It's hard to release a person like Jim. We always want more time. Hold close the love he shared with you. Feel the warmth of his humor. Read and learn each day and do a puzzle in pen whenever you need an extra Jim hug. Kindest regards, Madon (Minnis) Dailey
Dawn Haan left a message on January 4, 2021:
The Haan family is thinking of you all at this difficult time. Jim always use to accuse me of playing paper dolls at work, when I was in fact working. I loved drawing and preparing figures for his papers and his class lectures. ❤️
Qing Jiang left a message on January 4, 2021:
As a colleague of Professor Jim Daniel in the Department of Nutrition Science at Purdue, I remember Jim as a kind and intelligent man with a great sense of humor. Jim had many years of teaching experience especially in undergraduate courses. To me, Jim was one of the go-to faculty for advice when I had questions related to teaching. Every time, Jim generously shared his experience and wisdom. The news about Jim passing away was shocking to me. I feel sad and will miss him. Jim, Rest in peace. Qing Jiang
Dr. Norman D. Long, PURA President left a message on January 4, 2021:
January 3, 2021 Dear Brenda, Janice, Ben, Amanda, Anna and families… Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in the painful and untimely loss of your beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather. May you all continue to find comfort and hope from our thoughts, prayers and reassurances that so many others care and remember you in your loss and grief. Although words from friends can’t take away the sadness you have in your heart or ease the loneliness that comes when loved ones have parted. Our trust is that you will find that inner strength to carry on as a tribute, to “Jim’s” great memories with each of you and with many of us in PURA. Og Mandino, the famous author wrote, “So each of us in our own way, endures our loss, but cherishes the memories. Just as it should be.” However, when one’s heart is frozen in shock from the loss of a loved one; its family and friends who share their expressions of compassion and friendship which help to sustain us and soften the painful grieving process. We deeply regret seeing you lose such a precious loved one. We mourn the loss for you and continue to celebrate life in Jim’s memory… and the great steadfast service he gave to his work at Purdue and again most recently with the Purdue Retirees Assn. Nonetheless, our thoughts and our prayers are with you. We hope our message will continue to bring you some measure of comfort. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal”. May peace replace your heartache and bountiful warm memories remain. In closing, “The nicest place to be is in someone’s thoughts. The safest place to be is in someone’s prayers. And the best place to be is in God’s hands.” With kindest regards…God Bless... Dr. Norman D. Long, President Purdue University Retirees Association.
Jason “Vondee” Vondielingen left a message on January 3, 2021:
Rest In Peace Professor Jim!
Thomas Naylor left a message on January 3, 2021:
Sorry to hear of your loss.
The Proffitt Family left a message on January 2, 2021:
In memory of Jim Daniel, The Proffitt Family lit a candle
Carolyn Galloway left a message on January 2, 2021:
In memory of Jim Daniel, Carolyn Galloway lit a candle
Mary Wade left a message on January 2, 2021:
Brenda, it was my pleasure to know Jim and be his administrative assistant during the almost 16 years I worked at Purdue. His humor, kindness, and intelligence were hallmarks of his character. We shared the love of cats with cartoons and jokes. It was always a pleasure to provide any help he may have requested. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Mary Wade
Bill Evers left a message on January 1, 2021:
Brenda and the whole Daniel clan, We came to West Lafayette in 1982. Of all the people I have known since, Jim was the one who I truly felt was my best friend. We shared good and funny conversations together as colleagues at Purdue. When I retired in 2011, Jim suggested we meet monthly for lunch just to stay in touch. We did that almost every month for the past 9 years, this past year being an at-a-distance Zoom lunch. We both loved Dave Barry. I can still hear his contagious laugh as he tried to read some piece of one of Barry's many columns. During this past year especially his daily "funnies" email to a large list of his friends helped me forget briefly the truly unsettling world. I can't feel the loss you have, but I will miss him terribly. He made this world, our species and me so much better. Thank you all for letting him be a part of so many lives. Love, Bill
Joanne Evers left a message on January 1, 2021:
Brenda, thinking of you and your family. It is my honor to have known and laughed with Jim so many times. His expertise as a master gardener helped me through many gardening experiences. Thank you for sharing him. Sending you and your family lots of hugs that this time in our lives will not permit. With love. Joanne
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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