Daniel Maxmillian Wokaty, 83, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020. A Visitation will be from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, March 9, 2020 at Grace Gardens Funeral Home in Woodway. A Rosary will be said at 6:00pm. Funeral Mass will be 11:00 am, March 10, 2020 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waco. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco will follow, with Full Military Honors.
Daniel was born on May 26, 1936 in Waco, Texas to Daniel Max Wokaty
and Della Kramer Wokaty. He was their only son and brother to his two
sisters. As a youngster, he delivered groceries to make extra money.
When a tornado struck and devastated Waco in May 1953, he helped
search for survivors. Later that December, with his mother's
permission, he joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17.
He attended Boot Camp at MCRD, San Diego, earning the sharpshooter's medal.
In 1954, he was first stationed in Korea along the 38th parallel. He
later served two tours in the Vietnam War from 1955 to 1956 with Bravo
Company 3rd Tank Battalion and again in 1967 to 1968 with Alpha
Company 1st Tank Battalion. For his military service, he earned among
many medals the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Purple Heart
Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service
Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
According to his younger sister Claudette, the military had changed
Daniel to a devoted son and brother who provided monetary support and
returned with gifts when on leave.
In 1976, he married Francia P. Andres in Manila, Philippines. In April
1978 after 27 years of service, Daniel retired from the military as a
Master Sergeant but remained active in the USMC Vietnam Tanker
Association for the rest of his life.
He worked briefly with his older sister Gloria at Allied Fence before
joining the Teamsters and driving 18-wheelers across Texas for the
After retiring from his second career, he joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car
part-time and drove cars for almost 11 years.
He was a loving, devoted father, husband, and hero who will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife Francia Wokaty; their children Michelle
Wokaty, Jennifer Wokaty and spouse Youjin Sung, Kathrine and husband
Matthew Beaty; and grandchildren Maverick and Maxmillian; and his
sister Claudette and husband Roger Poirier.
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