Donald Lee Davis, age 85, died late Saturday evening, February 8, 2014, at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kansas.
He was born August 10, 1928, at Olds, Iowa, the son of John and Anna (Metzger) Davis. As a young boy he attended grade school in a three-story brick building, graduating at age 16. He then moved to Santa Anna, California with his uncle and attended Santa Anna Junior College. He later attended Iowa State Teachers College, Cedar Falls, Iowa, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Upon graduation, he moved to Grand River and began his career in teaching and coaching.
After two years of teaching, he was drafted into the United States Army, serving two years in Korea during the Korean War. After his discharge he returned to Grand River to continue teaching. After a year he attended Colorado Teachers College receiving his Masters in Education Administration. He then moved to Craig, Colorado and served as a High School Principal. He later attended Stanford University graduating with his Doctorate Degree in Education Administration. Upon his graduation, he joined an education consulting firm, Davis, MaConnel, and Ralston, traveling the United States consulting schools upon requests from the school boards.
He attended the Plains United Methodist Church and was a member of the Plains Lions Club. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, and attending sporting and school events of his grandchildren.
On August 12, 1955, he married Beverly Ann Mulholland at Greely, Colorado. She precedes him in death on January 11, 2000.
He is survived by:
Two daughters, Kim Eakes and husband Ron of Plains, Kansas
Jill Whippo of Garden City, Kansas
Two brothers, Dean Davis of New London, Iowa
Jerry Davis of Salem, Iowa
Three sisters, Maxine Seburg of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
June Hunter of Glendale, Arizona
Dorothy Graber of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa
Five grandchildren, Laura, Kathy, and Jason Eakes
Lucas and Aubrey Whippo
He is preceded in death by his wife; a son, Brad Davis; a brother, Ken Davis; a sister, Arlene Kramer; a son-in-law, Bob Whippo; and a granddaughter, Kristen Eakes
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2014, at the Plains United Methodist Church. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade, Kansas. Interment will follow in the Plains Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family would welcome memorials to the Plains Library or the United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.