John “Jack” A. Daniels, 81 of Eau Claire died on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at home with his family at his side and under the care of St. Joseph’s Hospice.

Jack was born in Eau Claire on December 21, 1935 to Madelyn Beckwith and Byron Daniels.  He attended Eau Claire Schools and served in the United States Army from 1954-1957. He was united in marriage to Sandra Thalacker on December 10, 1959 in Eau Claire.  He worked for August Linse as a crop farmer for many years, and then drove truck for various people after retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra of Eau Claire; sons, John of Eleva and Scott of Lake Hallie; daughter, Carol of Elk Mound; 8 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother, Michael (Diane) of Minnesota; sister, Deborah of California; brother-in-law, Lester Larson of Eau Claire; step-brother, Rolland Halvorsen of Eau Claire; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Judy; step-father, Roland Halvorsen; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Vera Daniels; sister, Betty Larson; and his beloved dog, Max.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to St. Joseph’s Hospice and especially to his nurse, John.

Per Jack’s request, he will be cremated and there will be no memorial service. 


  1. Jack was a wonderful man I remember him well as I was growing up as a great uncle. He will be missed by many. My sympathy to all of you

  2. John, Carol, Nate and family….

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I hope the good memories you have will help you through this.

  3. Jack will live in my heart forever. He was the best big brother ever, a very gentle soul, always helpful & kind & took time with us little kids. I remember when he went in the Army, he dissembled his motor cycle down to the last nut & bolt, & every piece hanging on nails, on the rafters, where ever he could stash it in the garage (labor of love). I remember him standing in front of us kids in the garage, saying “when I get home, every piece BETTER be where I put it. They were. & he did come home from the Army & put it back together. That was probably the most stern words I ever heard him say. Lots of happy memories. He was wise..
    His marriage to Sandy produced beautiful children I got to babysit. Thank you, Jack, for being a ‘great’ big brother.

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