Richard H. Danielson, 77, of Mt. Jewett, died Wednesday July 2, 2014 at the Lutheran Home in Kane.
Born in Kane Hospital March 5, 1937, he was the son of Harlan Henry and Alice F. Osbeck Danielson.
A 1955 graduate of Kane High School, he received a bachelor of education degree at Clarion University for biology and chemistry. He obtained two graduate degrees, a master of natural sciences at the University of Oklahoma and master of administration at Western New Mexico University. Out of college, Richard accepted a teaching position at Craftsbury Academy in Vermont where he taught mathematics and science. He also coached baseball, basketball, and soccer.
After three years, he returned home and accepted teaching and coaching positions at Smethport Area High School. He taught the sciences, and throughout his tenure he coached cross country, boys and girls varsity basketball, was director of athletics, and earned “Coach of the Year” for the Big 30 in basketball at Smethport Area High School. He then accepted a position at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford coaching men’s basketball and became the athletic director. While at UPB, he built a successful and winning basketball program. He earned “Coach of the Year” by the NAIA and Pittsburgh Press, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for coaching at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in 2004. The following year, he was inducted into Clarion’s Hall of Fame for his college basketball achievements. Danielson went on to become the Director of Athletics at Western New Mexico University. At Lewiston, Idaho, he became the assistant principal and director of athletics at Independent School District No. 1, President of the Athletic Administration Association, and Representative of the State to the National Federation of High School Athletics. He also taught at Pima County Community College in Tucson, Ariz. He returned back to his roots where he was principal at St. Marys High School and subsequently retired in 1996.
Upon his retirement, Richard Danielson played an active role in the community. Subsequent to retiring, he was a substitute teacher in Kane and the surrounding area. He served on the sewer authority and as the president of Mt. Jewett borough council, where he fundraised the construction of Heritage Park, which was later dedicated to him. He was also a member of the Dubois Lion’s Club, the Kane Country Club Board of Directors, the American Legion, the Route 6 Corridor Initiative, the McKean County IDC and the Pennsylvania Wilds.
Surviving him, is his wife Kathleen; his two sons, Daniel Danielson (wife Cassandra) of Virginia Beach, Va., and Nathan Danielson of Lancaster; three daughters, Terri Dodge (husband Mike) of Smethport, Lori Tritt (husband Euel) of Fredericksburg, Va., and Debbie Chapman of Phoenix, Md.; a sister, Suzanne Gustafson (husband Dennis) of Winter Garden, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Additionally, his friends, students, athletes, and extended family at Kaffe Sol, who he loved and were always there for him.
He was preceded in death, besides his parents, by a brother, Ronald Danielson.
Friends will be received on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Mt. Jewett where a funeral service will follow with the Rev. Nancy Page officiating. Burial will take place at Nebo Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, c/o of Cummings Funeral Home, Inc., 151 Greeves St., Kane, PA 16735.
The Cummings Funeral Home, Inc. in Mt. Jewett is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.cummingsfh.com .