- Published on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 01:00
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier
Neil A. Daniels, 92, of Los Altos, passed away peacefully at home with his family on May 29, 2012, after a brief illness. A first generation Norwegian-American, born on a homestead in Margie, MN on May 7, 1920, Neil spent his teen years in Oak Park, IL where he learned to fly in high school. Following his dream, he headed west to join the Air Force in 1942 and became a B-17 pilot, successfully flying 29 bombing missions over Germany, 10 of which were un-escorted. After the war he was hired by United Airlines, flew for 35 years and retired as a 747 captain. He and his wife, Jan, moved to Los Altos in 1950, where they raised their three children; Kris, Carol (Keith), and Todd (Annamarie). His retirement years were joyful, spending time with the Retired United Pilots, the 91st Bomb Group, Sons in Retirement, the Fear of Flying Clinic in San Mateo, the Radio Controlled AC Assoc., and AA. He was predeceased by Jan in 2009, and is survived by his children, grandchildren (Jeffrey, Ian, Derek, and Diana) and great-grandchildren (Katherine and Zoe).
Burial Services were private, and, per his wishes, no memorial services will be held. Donations in his memory can be made to Hanna Boys Center, 17000 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, CA, 95476 or Ragazzi Boys Chorus, 20 N. San Mateo Dr., #9, San Mateo, CA, 94401.