May 13, 1961---Feb 10, 2022

On Thursday, February 10, Anthony “Tony” Lawrence Daniel, age 60, passed away peacefully at Care Haven Homes memory care in Overland Park, KS. His health had declined in recent years due to early-onset Alzheimer's disease, formally diagnosed in January 2019. Tony was a very private person,  but his family and friends were very important to him.

Tony was born May 13, 1961 in Fayetteville, NC, to Urban A. Daniel, Jr. and Emily H. Daniel. He moved to St. Louis, MO with his family when he was three years old and then later to Kansas City, MO where he attended Rockhurst High School. He graduated as a National Merit Semifinalist and attended Tulane University in New Orleans where he received a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Computer Science.  He attended the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom during his junior year and traveled throughout much of Europe during this year abroad.

Although he lived in Missouri, Tony grew to love the Four Corners region of the Southwest United States. His trips with his uncle King and cousins Morris and Mark included backpacking near the canyons of Grand Gulch adjacent to the Bears Ears National Monument. Exploring ancient Indian ruins, swimming in river pools and wandering the canyon walls was an adventure for a young man.

After college, Tony started his career in the fall of 1983 as a programmer for NCR Corporation in Columbia, SC.  He would frequently visit his great aunts Francine Hammette and Linda Poole who lived in Travelers Rest, SC. In the summer of 1990, Tony moved to Portland, OR to work for Sequent Computing Systems. Later, he took a job as a programming manager at Informix Corporation until it was bought out by IBM in 2001.  Tony took early retirement and spent his time traveling, having weekly meals and drinks with his Portland “Enterprisers” friends, researching Daniel and Hastings family ancestry, and doing consulting work.

Tony is survived by his mother, Emily H. Daniel of Lenexa, KS, his sister Julie Ellis and brother-in-law Steven Ellis of Minneapolis, MN, his brother Scott Daniel and sister-in-law Ellen Daniel of Kansas City, MO, 2 nieces and 4 nephews, and other close family and friends. Tony is preceded in death by his father Urban Daniel (2017) and brother Michael (1960).

A Celebration of Life and Visitation will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27th, at Porter Funeral Home, 8535 Monrovia, Lenexa, KS. Virtual attendance:


In lieu of flowers, Tony’s family requests donations be offered to the Alzheimer's Association at Alzheimer's Association

“We can love completely what we cannot completely understand.”   - Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It


Caroline Kill Feb 18 ,2022

Friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. You are in our hearts and prayers. What a gifted and dear family you have. With love and condolences, Caroline Kill and family

Dawn Belton Feb 19 ,2022

Friend ,Sydney

The gentle giant who lived in the room next door to mine at Sussex University in 1981/2 always will remember your kindness to me during my months of morning sickness and then help with my new born at only 19. Stayed in touch all these years and had such a fantastic trip to Oregan and your cabin in 1996 with both my girls. I’m so sorry you’ve gone so young and without getting to see us here in Australia. You were loved and will be remembered and missed x Dawn Carly & Sian

Heide Blackak Feb 19 ,2022

Friend ,Feeding Hills ,Massachusetts

Dear Julie and family my deepest condolences . Alzheimer’s robs the most beautiful minds, a truly devastating disease. I pray he is whole again and in the arms of God. Fondly Heide

Teri Geller Feb 19 ,2022

Family Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

I am terribly sorry for your loss and have been thinking and praying for you all! Love to you all! Teri Geller and Family

Caroline S Wills Feb 22 ,2022

Acquaintance ,Olathe ,Kansas

My mom Violet came to live at Care Haven last May. While the pandemic has made it difficult to get to know all of the residents there, Tony was the one face I always recognized when I walked in. He was always up and about and I always said hi as I passed on my way to my mom's room. So sorry for your family's loss.

Steve Feb 24 ,2022

Co-worker ,Seattle ,Washington

Tony and I worked together at Sequent in the 1990s. Tony reported to me and was a subject matter expert in System Management. I fondly remember numerous late work nights sitting in Tony's cube with him drawing on the whiteboard as he mentored and shared his in-depth knowledge and expertise, demo'ing his software, laughing about Dan Quayle (potato or potatoe?), or just talking about current events. Tony's passion, patience, and kindness made work not seem like "work" but rather an enjoyable pastime of stimulating discussion with a wonderful friend. While I'll always miss those days with Tony, I am so glad our paths crossed and the time we had together. My deepest sympathy to Tony's family and friends. --Steve

Arthur Crumm Feb 25 ,2022

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

My prayers are with you. I know how you feel. He is in a better place now but the loss to us is real.

Mike Tapp Feb 27 ,2022

Friend ,Denver ,Colorado

Rest in peace my beloved friend! Always will I cherish your kind and devoted heartfelt love for others - and me. ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’ of which I count you as a shining example and beacon on the hill. I will always remember your sharp wisdom, moderated advice and grace beyond expectation. Be well ~ I’ll see you further on up the road. For now ~ your awesome soul is remembered. Love, Mike T

Stephen Selph Jun 15 ,2022

Family friend ,Eugene ,Oregon

I just read about Tony’s passing in the Rockhurst newsletter. We want to send our condolences to all of you for your loss. Steve & Laura Selph


Celebration of Life
Porter Funeral Home
8535 Monrovia Street
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Feb 27 ,2022
2:00 PM
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