Steven James “Freddie” Daily, 73, of Riverside, died peacefully on Sept. 9, 2021, at his home after a short battle with cancer, with his loving wife and daughter by his side.
Mr. Daily was born in Lansing, Michigan, on Aug. 9, 1948 and was a member of the Holt Nazarene Church. After high school, he was drafted into the Army and certified as a tank turret mechanic. He served in South Korea 2/10 Calvary HH Troop and was honorably discharged as an E5 in 1970.
For 30 years he worked in the well drilling business, beginning early with the family business, Daily & Jackson Well Drilling. He was known by his fellow coworkers as a local legend in the field.
He was also featured in the Lansing State Journal for his heroic efforts helping to rescue several stranded residents in the Lansing area during the blizzard of 1978. He was accredited for saving several lives during the seven-day rescue effort.
In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, watching car racing, motorcycles and collecting guns. After surviving a brain aneurysm in 1997, Steven enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing cards, doing word find puzzles, walking his dog, watching Family Feud, and doing yard work with his wife.
Mr. Daily was a beloved village of Riverside resident for the last seven years, who greeted everyone with a wave, a smile, and a mint on his daily walks around the community.
He was preceded in death by his infant son, Steven James Daily Jr.; his father, Ira Daily; his mother, Janet Louise Gross; his stepfather, Harold Francis Gross; his twin brother, David Lee Daily and his sister, Judy Ann Daily.
Mr. Daily is survived by his wife, Jane Daily; his daughter, Ami Daily; his stepsons, Mark Pine, Jeffrey (Kathy) Pine and Jason (Katina) Pine; his stepdaughter, Kelly (Ron) Holakovsky; his grandchildren, Courtney, Justin, Tyler, Morgan, Logan, Nicholas, Dylan, Connor and Kennedy; his great grandson, Charlie; and his faithful furry companion, Buddy.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Estes-Leadley Funeral Home, 2121 Cedar St., Holt, Michigan, 48842 with visitation beginning at noon.
Memorial contributions, in honor of Steven, may be made to the American Cancer Society at donate3.cancer.org.
Cremation services were provided by Ivins/Moravecek Funeral Home, Riverside.
To leave an online condolence, visit estesleadley.com.