Thursday, January 19, 2017

Obituary -- Danny Estes 1947-2017

Danny R. Estes 69, 0f Skidmore, MO, died of Multiple System Atrophy on January 9, 2017, at his home near Skidmore.
Danny was born in Maryville, MO, on October 26, 1947.  His parents were Donnis and Maxine (Lattin) Wray.  He lived most of his life in the area. 
He graduated Northeast Nodaway High School in 1965; he then received his B.S. in English and Broadcasting, at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville.
Danny was drafted into the US Army in 1967 and served in Vietnam with Company D, 3/21st Infantry, Americal Division from 1968 to 1969.  He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart during that time.
He joined the Army National Guard with the 129th FA, for another 33 years of military service.  He retired as Command Sgt. Major in 2007.
During his military career, he shot rifle and pistol competitively.  He was a highly distinguished shooter, serving on The Army Guard National and State teams.  Among his many awards: 4 President’s 100 Awards, and Double Distinguished Rifle and Pistol Awards
Danny served two terms as Sheriff for Nodaway County, MO.  He had also been a Nodaway County Deputy Sheriff, and a Maryville Public Safety Officer.  He then spent 20 years with the U.S. Homeland Security Department in the Protective Service division.
He was a member and attended St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, was a member of the former Skidmore American Legion Post and the VFW, in Maryville. 
On August 8, 1970, Danny was united in marriage to Linda S. Baumli, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, in Maryville, MO.  She survives of the home.
Other survivors include his 4 children, Kelli (James) Graham, Skidmore,  MO, Alex Estes, Liberty, MO, Larinda (Matt) Hlavacek, Liberty, MO, and Dana (Philip) Maher, Liberty, MO; his mother and step father, Maxine and Donnis Wray, Parnell, MO; his siblings, twin brother Lanny (Darla) Estes, Maryville, MO, Terry (Maureen) Warren, Scottsdale, AZ, and Jr. Wray, Parnell, MO; six grandchildren, James and Ava Graham, Nina, Hayden, and Vivian, and Colton Hlavacek
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM, on Friday, January 13, 2017, at the St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, Maryville, MO.  Cremation will follow the Mass.
Parish and family Rosary will be at 6:00 PM, on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at St. Gregory’s. The family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:00 PM. 
Inurnment will be later in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Maryville, MO.
Services are under the direction of the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO.
Gifts in memory of Mr. Estes can be made to Dr. Phillip Low’s Neuroscience Research Lab Mayo Clinic. Gifts can be mailed directly to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.
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