Daniel "Boone" Sexton

Daniel "Boone" Sexton, age 82 of Waverly, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2000, in Coon Rapids, Minn.

Daniel was born in Victor Township, Minn., June 2, 1918, to John and Mary Sexton, the third of nine children.

Raised on a farm, Daniel loved to hunt, fish, and fix things as a child. He was nicknamed "Boone," after Daniel Boone, by a classmate. He graduated from Howard Lake High School.

On Oct. 9, 1937, Daniel joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.), where he planted trees and worked on roads until he was discharged March 1, 1938. He also served in the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) from 1938 to 1941.

Daniel married Murl Priscilla Cochran July 31, 1941, in Clinton, Iowa.

On March 24, 1942, he enlisted in the Navy, where he became an aircraft mechanic and was stationed in Rhode Island. He was transferred to Wold Chamberlain, Minneapolis, in 1944; and honorably discharged from the Navy in September 1945.

Daniel and Murl then started their family of five girls and two boys, who produced 11 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Daniel's first job was as an auto mechanic at St. Anthony Motors, which later became Larson Chevrolet.

He and Murl purchased their first home in Columbia Heights. In 1955, they moved to a larger house in northeast Minneapolis to accomodate their growing family.

Daniel served as shop steward for the Teamsters and later, became a business agent for Local 974 and Joint Council 32.

He retired in 1980 to their 35-acre hobby tree farm in Princeton, Minn., known as "Boone's Farm," where Daniel loved driving his Ford tractor and planting crops for feeding wildlife.

In 1991, they moved back to Waverly, to be close to Daniel's brothers and sisters.

While in Waverly, Daniel started a hobby of woodworking, making bird feeders, wishing wells, and many hand-crafted items. He enjoyed giving his crafts to family and friends.

A highlight of recent travels was a trip back to Rhode Island to see the house and Naval base where he and Murl were stationed during W. W. II.

One of Daniel's great loves was the Canadian fly-in fishing and hunting trips he took.

A treasured family memory are Daniel's great stories of his life events, told with detailed accuracy and total recall.

He was a safety net to all his children. He could fix or build anything from a house to a broken heart.

Daniel had a great work ethic with very high standards. He was always honorable, fair, loyal, caring, generous, and trustworthy.

To his family, Daniel was a true hero.

Daniel was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife Murl, who passed away Aug. 14, 1997; his parents John and Mary Sexton; brothers, Gervase, William, Robert, Frank, L. Kenneth, and Jerome; and son-in-law, Douglas Monette.

He is survived by sons, Patrick (Donna) and Daniel, all of Brooklyn Park; daughters, Sandra Monette of Fridley, Sally Sexton of Blaine, Jean Johnson of Fridley, Linda (Jackey) Curtis of Ham Lake, and Jill Sexton of Coon Rapids; grandchildren: Douglas (Emily) Monette, Thomas Monette, Stacy and Amy Sexton, Nicole and Michelle Johnson, Michael, Melissa, and Katie Sexton; and Joe and Molly Curtis; and great-granddaughter Tanner Monette.

Daniel is further survived by sisters, Mary Painschab of Waverly and Kathleen Stifter of Robbinsdale; sisters-in-law, Eleanore Sexton, Mary Hurley, and Kathleen Sexton; brother-in-law, Cletus Stifter; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m., at St. Mary's Church of Waverly, with the Revs. Robert Wiley and Gerald Keefe officiating. Music was by Mae Wannarka and St. Mary's Choir. Interment followed at St. Mary's Cemetery, Waverly.

Visitation was Friday, Aug. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Howard Lake; and for one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Casket bearers were Patrick Sexton, Thomas Monette, Stacy Sexton, Michelle Johnson, Daniel Sexton, Joseph Curtis, Amy Sexton, Molly Curtis, Katie Sexton, Douglas Monette, Michael Sexton, Nicole Johnson, and Melissa Sexton.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Inc., Cokato and Howard Lake.

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