Sunday, December 20, 2015
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST
Life Story Funeral Homes - Rupert, Durham, Marshall & Gren
120 South Woodhams Street
Plainwell, MI 49080
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Wounded Warrior Project
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Life Story / Obituary
Daniel Wolverton was a loving family man and a loyal friend. He lived for his wife, children and grandchildren and would gladly give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. Funny (very funny) and outgoing, Daniel was the life of the party who gained a reputation as a jokester. Yet he was serious about his art and produced fine work that truly showcased his talents.
Daniel was born December 5, 1946 in Kalamazoo, Michigan during a period of optimism in American life. The nation was recovering from WWII, and families who had sacrificed much were determined to make the world a better place for their children. One such family was Donald and Bernice Wolverton, who supported their four children through his work at the James River paper mill in Kalamazoo. Daniel and his older siblings—Ron, Sharon and Vicki—grew up a few miles from Kalamazoo in Comstock and attended Comstock Public Schools. However, Daniel quit school to go into the Marines and later earned his GED.
Daniel served his country during the Vietnam War, working on helicopters to bring out the wounded. It was a harrowing four years, and even though the war was unpopular at home, Daniel was rightfully proud of his service.
After his discharge, Daniel returned to Comstock and worked at Clariage Fan until it closed. He attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and received an associate’s degree some time later. Meanwhile, he became a father with the birth of his first child and only daughter Dani in 1970, followed by three sons Russell, Jason and Don. With an artistic father, life was never dull. Daniel played guitar in a band with his cousins, he thrived on classis rock, drew and painted works of art, cooked great meals (especially beef and noodles), consumed two or three books at a time, fished, and in years to come, worked in his yard with his granddaughters Chelsea and LeeAnna. Daniel the artist was also an animal lover. His dog Buster was with him for many years, but he also took in stray cats and gave them a home.
Daniel’s children loved their dad and that’s why two of them introduced him to the lovely Shelvajean on August 27, 1987. They also sprang for dinner and a movie and were delighted to see the pair hit it off. Daniel and Shelvajean spent the next 29 years together and became husband and wife on October 13, 2015. Family meant everything to Daniel, and they in turn loved him dearly.
Daniel Wolverton, age 69 of Plainwell, Michigan passed away December 16, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital with his family by his side. Visit with his family and friends on Sunday, December 20 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Life Story Funeral Home, Plainwell; 120 Woodhams St. (269-685-5881). A funeral will be held on Monday, December 21 at 12:00 p.m. at the same location. Daniel’s family includes his wife Shelvajean, his children: Dani Wolverton Topham, John (JoAnna) Myland, Russell (Rebecca) Wolverton, Jason (Monica) Wolverton, Don Wolverton; 18 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; sister: Sharon Clawson and Vicki Davis; sister in law Linda Dillon and family as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents: Donald & Bernice, his mother in law Peggy Terry, a brother Ron and brother in law Nelson Terry. Visit Daniel’s memory page at www.lifestorynet.com. Memorial donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.