Bobby S. “Steve” Daniel, 67, of New Buffalo passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at La Porte Hospital.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 8, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 5760 Sawyer Road, Sawyer. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in New Buffalo. Friends may visit with the family from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at Sommerfeld Chapel, 15 N. Barton St., New Buffalo. A prayer service will be recited at 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Agnes Catholic Church, Michiana Humane Society, or donor’s choice. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may do so at www.sommerfeldchapel.com.
Steve was born Sept. 30, 1951, to Clyde and Blanche (Gregory) Daniel in Benton Harbor. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. On Dec. 18, 1992, Steve married Patricia Kail in New Buffalo. Steve worked as a certified police officer for more than 42 years, was among the first paramedics in the state of Michigan, a volunteer firefighter and served Berrien County in the 911 Advisory Committee. He also worked as a transportation maintenance supervisor for the Michigan Department of Transportation for more than 27 years. Steve enjoyed running the sports clock at New Buffalo Schools basketball and football games. He also enjoyed driving the school buses for New Buffalo, River Valley and Lakeshore School Systems. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears and Cubs. Steve was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church where he served as member of their finance team, Eucharistic Minister and usher. Steve was a registered official with the MHSAA. Steve had a big heart for animals and loved to spend his time with his family.
Steve is survived by his wife of 26 years, Patricia Daniel; children: Michael (Melanie) Daniel of Berrien Springs, Katherine (Dakota) Bursma of Grand Rapids, and Kaila Daniel of New Buffalo; grandchildren: Madison, Merrick and Maven, and brother, James Daniel.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Blanche Daniel, and siblings: Herbert Daniel, John Daniel, Billy Daniel, Gordon Daniel, Jerry Daniel, Jane Daniel and Peggy Daniel.