Funeral services for Richard L. “Dick” Davis, 84, Lawrence, will be 10 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2013 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial with military honors will follow at Clinton Cemetery.
Mr. Davis died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at his home.
He was born October 10, 1928, in Lawrence, the son of Joseph Robert and Mabel Josephine Mitchell Davis. He attended Pinkney Elementary School, graduated from Liberty Memorial High School (1948) and then graduated from Clark’s School of Business in Topeka.
Mr. Davis served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Korean War, receiving the Purple Heart. He retired from the State of Kansas Department of Corrections as a comptroller in 1991 after 36 years of service. After retirement he raised Paint horses, Classic Shetland ponies, enjoyed his family, and coffee time with friends.
He married Joyce Herschell on April 8, 1956 in Lawrence. They recently celebrated their 57th anniversary. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include children, Julie and Hal Jensen, Scott and Gayle Davis, Marcia and George Hersh, Ellen and Kent Townsend, Steve and Gisela Davis; grandchildren, Kelly (Randy), Katie (Jerrod), Stacy (Justin), Abby (Matt), Jenny (Matthew), Becky (Jesse), Jessica (Tom), Jamie (Drew), Mark, Leslie (Mack), Steven, Melissa, Luke, Natalie, and Jacob, 11 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings; Al, Ed, Dutch, Jane, Spec, Peg, Leonard, Lila, Vada, and twin brother Bob.
Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The family suggests memorials to the charity of donor’s choice or Clinton Presbyterian Church in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana, Lawrence, KS 66044.
Messages & Condolences
Dear Joyce and Family,
I was shocked to hear of Dicks passing. It was a privilege to get to know him and he was such a dear friend to my dad Don. I know the two of them are catching up on lost time over coffee. Cindy and I will not be able to attend his service but know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
God bless you all.
Linda and Cindy ( Welter)
Please know that your family is in my thoughts during this difficult time of loss.
So sad to hear of Dick’s departure, but know that his was a life well lived. A man of uncommon integrity and professional competence, he held the love and respect of all who worked by his side. He certainly had mine. “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,according to thy word.” Luke 2:29-30.
Aunt Joyce and family, I am so deeply sorry to hear about Uncle Dick. He meant so much to me as he did so many others, I am sure. I will never forget his trip to Calif. so we could visit the Marine Corp Base. I can’t remember anyone being more proud than he, when I started teaching. He gave me such wonderful advice that I share with my students and parents every year. Even though I did not see him much, I loved him. Please know he will be truly missed by many,many people. Know that he is peace and the only ones really suffering are those he left behind. My heart and prayers go out to all of you. Love to you all!
May the love of friends and family, as well as the tender mercy of “the God of all comfort,” Jehovah God, comfort your family in this time of sorrow (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).
The Mellenbruch family is thinking of and praying for the Davis family at this time. May the Lord give you peace through his Spirit, from his Word, and from the actions of friends and family he has placed in your lives. God loves you beyond measure. We pray that he makes this fact abundantly clear now more than ever during your time of loss.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do for your family.
Duane & Elaine Mellenbruch
Aunt Joyce and family, Dick was Mom’s knight in shinning armor, as he was to a lot of us.His strength and calmness was unbelievable.His smile was always there,it was one I’ll never forget. Our prayers are with all of you.
joyce….we are so sad….our thoughts are with you and all of your family…he had a wonderful life…
jim and jill
Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you. May the Lord grant you peace during this time of difficulty. Mark and Robin Hancox
I am sorry that I will not be able to join you to celebrate Dick’s life. He was well loved and greatly respected by all of us who worked with him at the Kansas Department of Corrections. I know he is up there smiling like he always did, and he still won’t tell us where all the money is. We will all miss him very much.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
My deepest sympathy to all of you, prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sue, Dierk, Lindsey & Ryan
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