Paul E. Davis, 88, of Keosauqua, died at 9:43 a.m. on March 5, 2018 at the Keosauqua Health Care Center. He was born September 29, 1929 in rural Scotland County, Missouri to Leonard C. and Gladys V. Short Davis. He married Evelyn C. Price on May 5, 1951 at the Milton Christian Church. She preceded him in death on January 4, 1999.
Paul grew up on a farm south of Cantril and attended the South Upton and Cantril Schools. He served in the USMC from December 21, 1951 until he was honorably discharged December 6, 1953. Before his service, he worked for J & K Construction Company of Milton, Iowa as a heavy equipment operator. After returning from duty, he began working for the Van Buren County Road Department as a Maintainer Operator, then became County Foreman. In 1973 he purchased his own dozer, low boy, scraper and road grader and began his own business, Davis Dozing.
He was baptized into Christ at the Milton Christian Church in 1966 and as time went on became a deacon, then elder of the same church. He was a lifelong member of the Russell-Strait Post No. 483 and served all offices. He was a rifleman and drill leader with the Legion rifle squad for many years. He was active in the large 4th of July celebrations in Milton, a member of the Milton Lions Club and was a member of the Milton Fire Department.
He married Goldie Russell on March 6, 2004 and moved to her home in Keosauqua. She survives to cherish his memory along with his two sons, Don (Judi) Davis of Mesa, Arizona, Scot (Susanna) Davis of Williamsburg, Iowa; a daughter, Dana (Ronnie) Brundies of Keosauqua, Iowa; 6 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Also left to cherish his memory are 2 stepdaughters, Carol (Duane) Strah of Ames, Iowa, Marilou (Jeff) Harryman of Winterset, Iowa; a stepson, Duane (Pete) Russell of Jefferson, Iowa; 9 step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; and many friends and relatives.
Funeral services will be on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the Milton Christian Church with Pastor Kevin Mote officiating. Burial with military rites will be at Sunnyside Cemetery in Milton immediately following the service. Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 with family present to greet friends from 5 7:00 p.m. at Pedrick Funeral Home Keosauqua. Memorials may be made to the Milton Christian Church, Russel-Strait Post #483 or Sunnyside Cemetery in Milton and can be left at the funeral home or mailed to the family at 104 Monroe St., Keosauqua, IA 52565.
Published on March 5, 2018