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F. Victor Daily

April 15, 2020

F. Victor Daily 96, died Wednesday April 15, 2020 at Kansan Christian Home in Newton. He was born November 9, 1923 in Knowles, Oklahoma to Forrest and Addie E. (Sanders) Daily.


Vic served his county in the U.S. Army where he retired with the earned rank of Major.  During his working years in Newton he made himself available to many veterans helping them navigate the benefits offered to veterans.


On December 4, 1947 he married Wilda L. “Billie” Sexton at Junction City, Kansas and she preceded him in death on February 29, 2004.


Vic was a longtime active member of the First United Methodist Church in Newton where he served the church on various committees and was instrumental in getting the elevator installed in the church.  


He was a graduate of the Cincinnati School of Embalming, which is considered one of the finest mortuary schools in the country.   After serving an apprenticeship in Junction City he faithfully served the Newton community for many decades as a funeral director and embalmer working both at the former Draper Funeral Home and retiring from the Petersen Funeral Home.  Following his retirement, the funeral home employees often called upon Vic to share his many years of experience and advice.


Vic was an avid golfer could often be found on local courses enjoying time with his friends and family. He continued to golf well into his 90’s


Vic was a wood worker and enjoyed fixing things for his family, friends and especially his grandkids.  He was a lifelong member of the Newton VFW and a 70 year member of the Newton Masonic Lodge 142 AF&AM and the Shrine He also was a member of the Newton Lions Club where he remained active following his retirement.  Family was important to Vic and he greatly looked forward to spending time and visits from his children and grandchildren.


He is survived by his daughters: Betty (Pat) Sturgeon and Vicki (Steve) Chambers; twin sons: Jim (Janet) Daily and John (Barbara) Daily. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Bob Sturgeon, Jeff Sturgeon, Lori Arellano, Scott Daily, Jason Daily, Alexandria Daily, Sarah Senger, Carrie Chambers, Jennifer West, Johnnie Daily, Jymme Gillespie, and Jessica Torres. There are 26 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchildren that survive.


Vic is preceded in death by his parents and his wife


Due to the COVID- 19 restrictions private family graveside committal will be held at Restlawn Gardens of Memory in Rural Newton with The Reverend Amos McCarthy presiding. 


Memorials in Vic’s name may be made to the First United Methodist Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home. 


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33 thoughts on “F. Victor Daily

  1. My heartfelt sympathy is with Mr. Daily’s family. Bless you all and may the Good Lord be in your presence. ?

  2. Vic was a great all around super gentleman. He always gave me a sincere hug. He will be missed and remembered by many.

  3. Loved and respected by so many…….he is resting in peace and is safely home. Tom and Aimee Metzler

  4. I’m so sorry. Your family is in my prayers. Vic was an amazing man. I think he and his golfing buddy are catching up with one another.

  5. I will always remember Vic’s smile and happy disposition. He was such a dear man. May he rest in peace. Love & condolences to his family.

  6. RIP Vic, you were one of a kind and will be missed! Thanks for the smiles and laughs you brought to our conversations! Hugs and prayers to the Daily family. ❤️

  7. One of my favorite guys. He loved to greet people at the front door of the church.
    When I worked as secretary at FCC Newton, I’d call Vic to help with veterans who were homeless and would come in from the truck stop. Only the Lord knows how many Vic gave a free meal to, and helped them find lodging for the night. Now the Lord has welcomed him home and given him safe lodging. The Lord bless you and keep you, friend!

  8. Such a kind and wonderful man, my condolences to the Daily family, praying God wraps you in his arms to comfort you all during this difficult time! Love and hugs to each of you!

  9. Bic was a very good friends and many Veterans in the area. Prayers go out to his family. RIP My dear friend

  10. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. He was a kind, wonderful man who will be missed. hugs to the family at this time when we can’t be with them.

  11. So sorry to hear about your loss. Whenever I have heard Vic name mentioned, it was always a story about how caring and sweet he was. He was a gem of a man and I know he will be missed terribly. Much love to the family.

  12. Vic was a very nice man. I was always happy to see him from time to time. My condolences to Betty and family.

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. Vic was instrumental in helping many families through the grieving process of losing a loved one, I can’t imagine we wouldn’t help his family in this time.
    My Dad loved to play golf – Vic was his constant companion on the course, & they both loved being outdoors ( winter, spring, summer, or fall ) I can remember Dad going with Vic in January when it was very cold / or on a hot July day ( 1st thing in the morning ). My thoughts today is there must be a good game going on, & I’d bet Vic & Oz are having a great game….

  14. May God comfort the family of Vic Daily. Vic was a special man. We learned to know and love him when I served as pastorr at Newton First UMC. He certainly was a very welcoming and kind man to many. Grace and peace to all.
    Pastor Doug and Brnenda Tofteland

  15. I had the pleasure to be one of Mr. Daily’s last neighbors on Allison St. When I moved in across the street, he was always so friendly and even drove his mower over a few times. I will always think of that as the Daily house.

  16. May God comfort his family in the loss of Vic, He was a very friendly and welcoming man. He used those gifts at FUMC and in this community./area. I remember Vic as a helpful man in many ways. He blessed me in many ways both as his pastor and as his friend.

    Doug and Brenda Tofteland

  17. Vic was so kind and thoughtful
    always friendly with a great smile.
    I remember him as the best greeter ever at FUMC.

    Thoughts and prayers to all his family, he will be missed by many.

  18. Vic was a great friend and listner. He will be greatly missed my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  19. We love you Grandpa. I know you are flying high with the Angel’s and with Grandma. We love you and miss you. We will cherish all the history and stories you have told us. I know the boys loved them too. May you RIP and we will meet again one day. ❤❤

  20. God bless the entire daily Iloved vic and Billy they treated me like a nother son Good and bad.
    Rest with God _<<all of you. I'm

  21. Vic had a welcoming smile and great personality. I know the community will miss him greatly. RIP my friend!

  22. Mr. Daily (Vic) lived a long life. He did a lot of great deeds. Our thoughts and prayers for the family.

  23. Jim and Janet,
    John and I were sorry to hear about Vic’s passing. He was such a sweet man and I enjoyed our visits at the LEO. Thinking of you all.

  24. May Vic’s family be comforted by their memories. The heart always remembers.
    Arlys Kessler Nilles

  25. Sending our love to the family. We are sad to hear Vic has passed but he lived a good life and he and Billie will forever be in our hearts. Dave & Jan Hennes and family

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