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In Loving Memory

Walhermfechtel, Daniel “Dan”

March 4, 1948 - December 15, 2023

Dan passed away at home on Friday, December 15th after a long illness. He was born on March 4, 1948, in St. Louis, MO and  lived in his family’s home for 75+ years. Dan was the dear son of the late Harry and Agnes (Wolz) Wallhermfechtel. He was the beloved husband of Barbara (Leipholtz) Wallhermfechtel, dear father of Jaime Millikan and Matt Millikan, and grandfather of Kayley Dixon.

Dan is survived by his brother, David Wallhermfechtel, and wife Charlotte, along with nephew Steve Wallhermfechtel , nieces Denise Wallhermfechtel and Karen (Wallhermfechtel ) Hunsaker, and great uncle of Michael (Savannah), Alex, Madison and Turner Hunsaker and great-great-uncle to Elian Hunsaker.

Dan and Barbara were married March 10 2023 after being together over 40 yrs. They shared a wonderful life of travel, car shows, going for rides, and simply enjoying each other’s company, whether alone or with family and friends.

Though he didn’t have children of his own, he was blessed with Barb’s two children, daughter Jaime and son Matt.  Jaime and Matt shared a special bond with Dan and, with Hospice, selflessly cared for him at home the last 2 months of his life.   Jaime gave him the gift of a granddaugher, Kayley – the apple of his eye!  Dan would just light up seeing her and he would just melt when she would call him “NAN NAN”. Their unique bond was evident in their rides around the neighborhood, sitting on the tailgate of his Chevy Blazer just talking, being silly, and dancing to music.

Dan had a passion for classic cars and hot rods. He also enjoyed sharing beers with friends and family in his backyard gazebo, always suggesting, “How about just one more?”

Known for his friendly personality, Dan made friends everywhere he went. While traveling, he would often run into people he knew and treated them as if they were lifelong friends, ensuring he spent a few minutes catching up with them.

He touched us all with his kind heart and gracious nature . . . a memory we will all cherish!

Visitation at Kutis Affton Chapel, 10151 Gravois, Wednesday, December 20, 4-9:00 PM with funeral service Thursday at 11:00 AM. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.


20 thoughts on “Walhermfechtel, Daniel “Dan””

  1. The best person I have ever met. Dan had a heart of gold. I’ve had the fortune to have him as my friend since I was 10 years old I’m now 76.
    I loved him like a brother . He will be missed.
    RIP Dan. It’s ironic I lost another close friend last year Dan O’Leary, and his favorite saying was
    “Just one more”

  2. Barb, Jamie, Matt and family. I am so very sorry to hear of Dan’s passing. May he RIP and give peace to the family for the many cherished memories they share.
    -Patti (Lyles) and John Wanko💕

  3. I have great memories of Dan being the “big kid” playing with all of my brothers and sisters and cousins in the backyard of whoever’s house where the family was gathered. I remember him laughing and making everything fun. He learned his love for beer from a long Wallhermfechtel tradition that still continues today. Condolences to all of the family with special thoughts for Denise, De-nephew, and Karen who were the first children to put a special sparkle in Dan’s eyes.

  4. I was fortunate to be able to call Dan my friend for the last 20 years. From sharing stories over beers in the back yard or at the beach
    he was always able to make me smile or laugh. It seemed wherever we were, be it in a bar here in St. Louis or in Florida he would run into someone he knew and talk to them as if they were his best friend. He will be missed by all who had the privilege to know him.
    To Barb,Matt,Jamie and Kayley, Karen and I send our heartfelt condolences. Rest in peace Danny.

  5. Prayers of comfort to Barb, Jamie, Matt, Kayley, and the rest of Dan’s loving family. They made his final months as comfortable and enjoyable as they could and he was always surrounded by the friends who loved him.
    We met at Steak ‘n shake in 1965 and stayed lifelong friends. Rest in Peace Dan❤️

  6. I treasure 72 years of admiring Dan, with no reason to stop. He was the champion of connecting with joy and fun. I firmly believe in life everlasting in the self we make, and Dan sure built a fine one.

  7. To the sweet & fondest start of my teenage memories with you Dan..
    Chuck-A-Burger, Steak ‘n Shake cruising, Sparky’s, Red Bird Bowl, cleaning the rods at Gravois Car Wash, sobering up with an occasional dirt bike ride..to having the honor of you in my wedding party. Trip to Florida with Barb & lil’ Michael. Will forever cherish all of the many “best of times”.. BIG hug & much love to your amazing loving family.
    Love forever..

  8. My sympathies to the family and especially Barb. I’m sorry you lost the love of your life. He was a sweet guy the times that I met him. I hope your memories will feed your soul in his absence but grateful he is not suffering and is with God and family above. Please know , if I could, I would be with you at this time.. Hugs to you and when you’re ready, you have a friend in Wisconsin to visit and share memories. RIP Danny, I’ll have a cold one in your memory ❤️

  9. I’ve known Dan since my childhood as he was great friends with my brother Jerry. He was at our house all the time. I’ve also known Barb for many years too. I believe I was instrumental in introducing them. They were a great pair and I’m so happy they were finally married this year. RIP dear Dan. You will be missed!

  10. I’ll miss Dan, he was always the person you could count on if you needed help or a favor. I didn’t have a friend who I knew longer. Have a great time in heaven!
    The world has lost one of its’ gems!


  11. Barb, a love like yours will live on forever. Dan was a wonderful father, husband and friend. I treasure the good times we had hanging out over the last 40 years. Dan never met a stranger and always made his friends feel loved. He lived life out loud and when it was his time he left this world with grace. The loving care that Dan received in his final months from Barb, Jaime and Matt is a testament to the person he was. I’m thinking of you all as you navigate this difficult time. I will always remember your smile Dan.

  12. I remember Danny as a wonderful guy who was my first crush even if he was my cousin. He always took time to play with us little cousins when we came to Missouri for visit. May God welcome your warm heart.

  13. I have been friends with Dan since Steak and Shake days. I have so many great memories. We all did so many vacations, gabazo nights. And of course a few beers together. He will be missed by all. Rest in peace my dear friend.

  14. I had met Danny 40 + years ago thru my Husband Mike. I will always cherish our friendship. The memories with the vacations we had together, I’ll never forget. Our backyard’s drinking our cocktails and the laughs. Rest In Piece my Dearest Friend you will be truly missed.

  15. A dear friend through Marvin Knapp and Elmer and Myrtle
    And with many friends at Happy Hour at Breuer’s Garage
    Dan loved life and loved mankind
    Saw him months ago at the Haven
    RIP Dan-let’s have one more!

  16. Bob and I will miss “Danno “
    I personally will always cherish the day we took a team effort to get Dan down to The Gazebo!!!! The look on his face if he could trust us but had no choice . He was so happy especially when you went inside “Barb “ to get him a particular hat he really wanted to wear . Dan shared so many stories about your travels and his love for cars . To see the love and care that Barb Jamie and Matt gave to Dan was truly something special .
    Dan you will be missed my friend .

  17. Barb, Jamie, and Matt sending my deepest, heartfelt condolences to you all at this difficult time. While Dan will be greatly missed, may you find comfort in the memories of the life you shared. And may Dan rest in peace having lived a life filled with your love.

  18. Mary and I were so saddened to hear of Danny’s passing. Danny was a great friend who never had a negative word to say about anyone. I always enjoyed when Danny would stop by the house for a cold one (or maybe one more). We were so happy when Danny and Barb came down to Florida and spend some time together. He will be missed by all and live in our memories forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barb and family during this difficult time.

  19. Barb,
    I am so, so sorry to hear about Danny’s passing. I know you two had great love for each other. He will always be in our hearts and memories. He was such a special guy.
    Beth Schafer
    December 20, 2023

  20. Dangerous Dan, Thanks for all the fun memories as a kid working at the ramp. You will surely be missed, rest in peace.
    Dave Schafer
    December 18, 2023


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