Russel N. McDaniels

April 9, 1931 - February 15, 2005

04/09/1931 - 02/15/2005

Past Services

Tuesday February 22, 2005
10:00 am
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Tuesday February 22, 2005
12:00 pm


VIRGINIA BEACH-Russel N. McDaniels, 73, died of a heart attack on February 15, 2005, at Bayside Hospital. Born in New York City, he resided in Virginia Beach for the past 30 years.

Russel served in the U.S. Army for 23 years, retiring as a CW4. He was then a field service engineer for EMI Medical and for Siemens Corporation. After his second career, he and his wife had fun competing in U.S.A.T.F. Masters track and field events.

Russel led a full and happy life. Married 52 years to Leonore, he was a devoted and loving husband and a wonderful father to his three children.

Russel is survived by his wife, Leonore McDaniels; one son, Michael McDaniels; two daughters, Cheryl Knick and husband Ben, and Norina MacNeill; and his mother, Loretta Singleton.

A memorial service will take place at Altmeyer Funeral Home 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 at 10:00am with burial to follow with full military honors at the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Milners Road in Suffolk.

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Tom Rauscher
8 years ago

“Still round the corner there may wait

A new road or a secret gate

And though I oft have passed them by

A day will come at last when I

Shall taken the hidden paths that run

West of the moon, east of the sun.”

I greatly enjoyed participating with you and Russ at so many competitions. We will miss his presence and the interactions we had with him. You know you have the support of hundreds of well-wishers in the track and field community who look forward to seeing you again. Peace and grace.

Ron L. Gregory
8 years ago

Dear Leonore & family,

I was very sad to hear about Russ’s passing. The last time I saw him he was so energetic & enthusiastic. I will try to always remember him that way. I know he will be missed by many & I am one of those. I have a great deal of respect for him & how he lived his life.

I hope you will contact me if I can do anything for you or your family at any time.


Elaine Iba
8 years ago

Dear Leonore and family,

I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you.


Elaine Iba

a fellow masters athlete

8 years ago

Dear Leonore, Mike, Cheryl and Norina,

I always shall remember the wonderful times I had with you. I feel so fortunate to have spent 2 weeks with you during the NSG in Virginia. Poor Russ had to fix the screen that I walked through. Leonore, Russ always will be “with us” when we travel to track meets once again.

Blessings and prayers of the Lord with love and hugs,


Phil Raschker
8 years ago

Dear Leonore:

Russ was a wonderful man and husband. I enjoyed the time we all spend together barely 2 years ago and how proud he was showing me all he had done with the house and computers. He loved you very much. He lived, participated and admired you through your athletic accomplishments.”

We will miss him but not forget.

God bless,


Carroll De Weese
8 years ago

I heard of the death of Russ. This is so quick after hearing of his illness. The good part is that the suffering was less than if it had continued. The bad part is the loss.

I can not imagine the loss of my spouse. You must have a real pit of sorrow and loneliness. Rest assured that you have many people who care about you. You are a great, inspirational woman. You have the skills to continue and prosper. Life will not be the same, but you have the fortitude to cope. I wish you the best on your new journey. The spirit of Russ and his memories will live with you. May you have a long and healthy life to enjoy recalling your memories together. I look forward to see you again.

Liz Johnson
8 years ago

Leanore: I am so sorry to hear fo the loss of you beloved husband. I know you must be devestated. Please know my prayers go out to you. A big hug too. love lots, Liz

Susan Campbell
8 years ago

Lenore –

Russ was a very special person and the best neighbor and friend anyone could have. No one has ever given more to Bishops Court than he did, and he will be sorely missed. I will always remember his cheerful disposition and his willingness to help his neighbors in any way he could. He will never be forgotten. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you and your family during this very difficult period.

Love, Susan

Russell Van Valkenburgh
8 years ago


I always remember how proud Russ was of your home when Pat Peterson and I visited there. The two of you had a special bond and gracious smiles that made us feel welcome and comfortable. Keep up the beautiful smile and your optimistic outlook because Russ will always be with you in spirit.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Russ Van Valkenburgh

8 years ago

Lenore: Even though I never met Russ I know he was a loving husband. All the support he gave during your jaunts here and there for competition. You made him very proud with your many quality performances and awards. His physical presence is not here, but his spirit and love will always remain within.

God bless! I pray for your healing.

Remember the precious moments that you were fortunate enough to share over 52 years.

Take care – I hold only warm thoughts for you and your family.



Sue Tunnicliff
8 years ago

Leonore I am so very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.



Barbara & Ed Kousky
8 years ago


You are in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories and the love of family and friends give you strength at this difficult time.

Love, Barbara and Ed

8 years ago


Joyce & I send our condolence to you & family. We injoyed Russ in the things we did together. We will miss him as we know you will. WE know you had a wonderfull life together so you will have a lot of nice memories.As we will.

Hillen von Maltzahn
8 years ago

Leonore, I am very sorry to hear that Russ passed away. My thoughts are with you.I pray for peace for you and Russ. Hillen

bob & sumi leonard
8 years ago

Leonore, Our thoughts and hearts are with you and your family at this time of your loss. Love, Bob & Sumi Leonard

shirley kinsey
8 years ago

My thoughts are with you, I

wish that there was something

anyone could do to lessen your

pain. Love Shirley

8 years ago

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. I will always remember the wonderful times I had coaching you and Russel in the polevault. He was a wonderful man and we will all miss him.

God Bless You,

Cary & Elaine Carter

Ann & Bob Carter
8 years ago

Russ was a wonderful man – full of fun and with a great zest for life. He enjoyed competing in Master’s Track & Field so much, and was very proud of his wife’s accomplishments. We will remember him fondly. We visited Russ & Leonore last fall and they made us feel very welcome in their lovely home. God speed, Russ!

Johnnye Valien
8 years ago

Thoughts and prayers are with you and family.