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Ronald L. McDaniel, 83

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Ronald Lee McDaniel, an iconic figure in the railroad and railway supply community, died June 23, 2022. He was 83.

McDaniel was best known as president of Western-Cullen-Hayes Inc., and as a board member and president of RSSI (Railway Systems Suppliers Inc.) and REMSA (Railway Engineering and Maintenance Supply Association). A colorful, outspoken figure who devoted his career to the rail industry, he was always willing to share an opinion, offer advice or lend his expertise. McDaniel’s pride and joy was the Ronald L. McDaniel Foundation, which benefits various childrens’ causes.

Loving father of Julia (Anthony) Sampieri and Brenda (Brett) Jacobs, McDaniel was preceded in death by his longtime companion Martha Patterson. 

Memorial visitation is Sunday, July 3 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services Ltd., 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook, Ill. The memorial service will begin at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The Boys & Girls Club of Wayne County Indiana would be appreciated. 

RSSI newsletter, June 2010
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