In Loving Memory…

Peter F. Daniels

Peter F. Daniels, 79, passed away Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at his home.

He was born April 22, 1940, in Aachen, Germany to Teresia “Thea” and Matthias Daniels who both preceded him in death.

Pete emigrated to the United States with his mother in June of 1951 and became a citizen two years later.   He came to this country knowing no English and started school at Sacred Heart in September of 1951.  He was promptly set back three grades as he did not speak or understand English.  Pete mastered English on his own and upon graduating got a job proofreading for the Sedalia Democrat.  He was promoted to a reporter starting his career in Journalism at the Democrat for 30 years and then later at the Central Missouri News for 10 years.   Pete described himself as a “Retired Newspaper Editor and a lifelong journalist”.  In addition to journalist, Pete loved painting, carving, intricate counted cross stitch and was an avid reader with a huge collection of books.

Pete is survived by his wife of 42 years, Susan (McCarty) Daniels of Sedalia; a daughter Margo Mathewson (Chris) of Lee’s Summit; three grandchildren, Hannah, Ian and Abby; three great-grandchildren, Aiden, TJ and Kensington; two nieces, Cara and Molly; one nephew, Christopher; two great-nephews, Tim and PJ; one great-niece, Hattie, along with his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Gayle and John Gerber and Mike & Nancy McCarty.

A memorial gathering will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Fitter’s 5th Street Pub in Sedalia, MO.

Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home.


  1. Susan holding you in prayer for peace and comfort during this time of loss.

  2. Susan he will be missed, I enjoyed working with him many years at Central Missouri News/Sedalia Nws-Journal! Loved his wood carvings.

  3. John J Menefee Jr

    My condolences to Pete’s family.

  4. My sincere condolences. Pete was instrumental in launching my journalism and communication career. He was my first city editor and started me out in journalism as proofreader and obituary writer. Later he widened my journalism horizons as editor of the first official youth page and feature writer. He was a great journalist and editor. And I will always be grateful for the values he taught which carried me through a 50-year career, first as a Navy journalist and editor and later as a civilian Navy Public Affairs Officer. A truly great man!

  5. Susan we are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Larry and Shirley McCown

  6. My prayers are with Pete’s family. I enjoyed working with him at the Democrat.

  7. Susan I am so sorry for your lost. He will be missed in many ways and I know what his empty chair means but it will be filled with many happy memories. Enjoy each and every one of them cause they carry bunches of love from him to you. Prayers and hugs.

  8. My sympathy to the family.

  9. Carolyn Williams

    So sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  10. Susan & Family, So sorry to learn of Pete’s passing. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Don and Becky Garst

  11. Linda Schwermer (Williams)

    Susan So sorry about Pete. He was a remarkable man and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are of you and your family at this very sad time. Some day soon would love to have lunch with you. Call when you are up to it. 827-0393

  12. Denise Mcmillen

    So sorry for your loss Susan. I think of Pete every year at this time for the jack-O-lantern earrings he carved when we worked at the Sedalia Democrat.

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