Donald Lee Davis

2/12/2014

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PLAINS — Donald Lee Davis, age 85, died late Saturday evening, Feb. 8, 2014, at the Meade District Hospital, Meade, Kan.

He was born Aug. 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, Calif., 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, Colo., 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 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 Aug. 12, 1955, he married Beverly Ann Mulholland at Greely, Colo. She precedes him in death on Jan. 11, 2000.

He is survived by two daughters, Kim Eakes and husband Ron of Plains, Kan., and Jill Whippo of Garden City, Kan.; two brothers, Dean Davis of New London, Iowa, and Jerry Davis of Salem, Iowa; three sisters, Maxine Seburg of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, June Hunter of Glendale, Ariz., and Dorothy Graber of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; and five grandchildren, Laura, Kathy and Jason Eakes, and 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 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Plains United Methodist Church. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Fidler-Orme-Bachman Mortuary, Meade, Kan. 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.

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