McDaniel III, JR 1985-2019

PHOENIX, Ariz. - Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, JR McDaniel, loving son, grandson, brother, husband, and father of Johnny IV, passed away in Phoenix.

He was born April 3, 1985, in St. Joseph, to Christina Fike and John McDaniel Jr.

He graduated from Mid-Buchanan High School, and attended Southwest Missouri State University and Missouri Western State University.

On Sept. 7, 2015, he married Heaven Talbott.

JR loved Alaska and was always on the move. He was a prolific writer, talented artist, loved music and playing guitar.

JR was known for his quick wit, his engaging personality, and his kind and fun spirit.

JR was preceded in death by: his maternal grandfather, Jim Fike; paternal grandparents, John McDaniel and Carol McDaniel; and his aunt, Meridith Mejia.

He is survived by: his wife, Heaven; and his son, Johnny McDaniel IV; his mother, Chrissy Fike Elbert and her husband, Troy Elbert; his father, John McDaniel Jr.; his stepfather, Eddy Jones; his stepmother, Kate Johnson; his siblings: Justine McDaniel, Allyson Emery, Austin McDaniel, Aleene Jones, Brandon Elbert, Kyra Jones, Katelyn McDaniel, Luke McDaniel, Zane Elbert and Tristan Elbert; his grandparents, Carroll Fike, and Norman and Lula Jones; many aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews; cousins; and friends.

He was loved.

He will be cremated and a Celebration of life will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at Castle Bridge, in St. Joseph. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.