Robert "Bob" McDaniel

  • Born: February 22, 1950
  • Died: October 3, 2018
  • Location: Spicewood, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home Lake Travis

411 Ranch Rd. 620 S.
Lakeway, TX 78734
Tel. (512) 263-1511

Tribute & Message From The Family

McDaniel, Robert
February 22, 1950 - October 3, 2018

Robert "Bob" McDaniel was born in Springfield Missouri. Robert and his family moved from Springfield to Topeka, Kansas, Mission, Kansas, Omaha, Nebraska, Dallas, Texas, and Louisville, Kentucky. He attended the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

He met his future wife, Carol Louise Conn, when he was a junior at Westport High School in Louisville. They were married on April 7, 1974 three days after an EF4 tornado wiped out much of Louisville. Robert lost everything in the tornado except for the wedding ring, which he had in his pocket. The couple were married for 44 years.

Robert excelled at baseball and golf growing up. Later, his main interests were music, magic, and movies. At age 13, he heard the Beatles on KLIF radio in Dallas and it changed his life. He took up the guitar and played in numerous bands in Dallas and Louisville. One of his groups had two songs on Top Forty radio and opened for several well-known groups including The Beach Boys and Canned Heat. During retirement, Robert composed and recorded instrumental music intended for TV and film.

When Robert and Carol moved to Austin in 1976, Robert had to find a "real" job other than music and he went to work for the Texas Department of Human Services. He worked there for 25 years. He eventually became the Director of Printing for TDHS and later all the Texas Health and Human Services agencies. Robert retired in 2003 after a rewarding career in Texas State government.

Robert was a magician at the age of 11. He performed at birthday parties, school carnivals, libraries, hospitals, etc. and he became very interested in close-up magic at age 21. Two of Robert's card magic books were published and several original tricks appeared in magic magazines, such as Genii Magazine, in the early 1980s. He became quite accomplished in close-up magic and mentalism in his later years.

Robert was also a serious film buff and had an extensive collection of movies. His favorite genre was always classic 1950's / 60's horror and science fiction films.

Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Mac and Jan McDaniel. Robert is survived by his beautiful, sweet wife, Carol, and their beloved pets, Arrow, Chuy, and Felix. He also leaves behind his wonderful sister, Ann Stinson, brother-in-law Ken Stinson, six amazing nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Robert's ashes will be scattered on the Pedernales River in an informal family gathering.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry to learn this. I was in a band with Bob in Dallas, when we were kids, before he moved to Louisville. I only saw him once after that, when he came back to Dallas and came to hear his old band, and he left me a copy of "All Over The World." I was blown away this morning when I heard his record on the 60's channel on Sirius XM, and started trying to find him, only to find this... well, I can say for sure, he's rocking on...

Posted by Robert Shanbaum - Indian Rocks Beach, FL - Friend   January 31, 2019

Carol, we're so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We really enjoyed being y'all's neighbors, even though we were bad long distance friends! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Mike & Katie Toth - Austin, TX - Neighbor   October 09, 2018

I worked with Bob for 25 years he was a great friend, boss and most of all a great magician, he will be very missed.

Posted by Gail Colley - Friend   October 09, 2018

I will miss Bob tremendously. As a child, I remember Bob's magic shows and thought he was the coolest person I knew! Mom and Bob were not only cousins but close childhood friends. My heart grieves for my family and the loss of an amazing, kind, and talented man.

Posted by Danielle Bedigie - Franklin, IN - Family   October 09, 2018

Carol, I was saddened today as I read of Bob's death. I still have some of the magic tricks he gave me. I enjoyed knowing both of you and hope there were many happy times in the house on the Pedernales. Please let me know if I can do anything during this time.

Steve Nash

Posted by Steve Nash - Marble Falls, TX - Acquaintance   October 07, 2018

I worked with Bob for many years. He was one of the finest people I've ever known, and I shall miss him. My condolences to Carol and his entire family. What a guy.

Posted by Ernest Murray - Austin, TX - Friend   October 07, 2018

My father was neighbors with Bob and Carol while I was growing up. They never hesitated to allow us to raid their movie collection for our yearly beach trips. Some times we were more excited about getting to check out his movies than the trip itself!

Every time we visited Bob would show us some close up magic and let us guess how he did it. The one trick that took me years to figure out was with a deck of Bicycle cards that when flipped, would show the rider fall off the bike and pull out a placard with my name on it that he had me whisper into the deck first.

I was so blown away and that trick among many has stuck with me for the last 20 years.

The myriad of tricks he performed stimulated my curiosity and wonder so much that I've since adopted the practice with my own children. One day I'll figure out the bicycle card trick and blow my son's mind in Bob's name.

My deepest condolences to Carol and the rest of Bob's family and friends. He will be remembered with a smile for all of the joy he brought into this world.

Posted by Mat Oeltjen - SAN MARCOS, TX - Neighbor   October 07, 2018

Hey Neighbor, for so many years my family enjoyed Bob's movie selections he taped for our vacations at the beach. His magic tricks made true believers out of my children and myself. Thank you for the fondest of memories. -Al and boys

Posted by Al Oeltjen - Austin, TX - Neighbor   October 07, 2018

I am so so sorry to hear Bob passing away ;I will cherish all the fun and memories we had in family
my deepest respect and sorrow !!!!

Posted by jean-claude bedigie - bosserville, MO - Family   October 07, 2018

Rest easy Bob. "The river flows/ it flows to the sea/ wherever that river flows/ that's where I want to be"....The Ballad of Easy Rider by the Byrds.

Posted by Ed Richter - winston-salem, NC - Friend   October 06, 2018

Will miss Bob.

Posted by Sally Sandidge - Decatur, GA - Friend   October 06, 2018

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