Daniel J. Kwater, age 67, of Thomson, Illinois, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017 at his home. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 27, 2017 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson. Burial will take place in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in Daniels memory to Genesis Hospice or the Cancer Center of Iowa. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Daniel was born October 27, 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan, the son of Emil and Marilyn (Lake) Kwater. He attended Arthur Hill High School and graduated with the Class of 1968. He earned his Associate Degree through the Marine Corps. Daniel proudly served his country in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of E-5 Sergeant. While serving, he earned the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Services Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal with four stars, Vietnamese Campaign Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He was honorably discharged in 1972. He married Doreen Eppenstein on December 22, 1999 in Gladwin, Michigan.
Daniel worked as a Process Technician for Dupont Danisco in Thomson for 33 years until his retirement in 2012. He was a member of the American Legion, and a lifetime member of the VFW and the Eagles Lodge. Daniel enjoyed traveling, cooking, gardening, watching Jeopardy and the Cubs, spending time in his man cave, taking care of his yard, and having fall parties. He enjoyed spending the winter months in Orange Beach, Alabama. Most of all, Daniel loved spending time with his family and friends.
Daniel will be dearly missed by his wife of 17 years, Doreen; one son, Douglas (Patricia) Kwater of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one daughter, Karin Nieves of Clinton, Iowa; four grandchildren, Jacinda, Clayton, Kyle and Jackson; one sister, Gail LaCross of Beaverton, Michigan; one brother, Joseph (Rebecca) Kwater of Gladwin, Michigan; a special friend, Dan Smith, and many nieces and nephews.
Daniel is preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Marilyn; his mother- and father-in-law, James and Charlotte Eppenstein; brothers-in-law, Herb LaCross and Steven Eppenstein; Sisters-in-law, Vivan Yorkman, Shirley Nelson, Roberta Eppenstein and Elizabeth Anderson
Published on November 20, 2017