The Ottumwa Courier

Obituaries

June 14, 2013

Frederick Davis

OSKALOOSA — Frederick L. Davis, 85, of Oskaloosa, died June 7, 2013, at the Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa.

He was born July 22, 1927, in New Sharon, the son of Thomas and Ethel Hyatt Davis. Following school, Fred joined the U.S. Coast Guard. While in the Coast Guard, he was united in marriage to Genevie Nance on June 19, 1945, in Key West, Fla., and she died Feb. 27, 2009.

Fred worked on the highway paving gang and ran the junkyard south of Oskaloosa and later the city landfill for several years. Lastly, Fred worked for Roth Construction for 20 years until ill health forced his retirement in 1985. He enjoyed refinishing antique furniture, clocks, watches and wall phones. He also enjoyed fishing, going to the casino, going to auctions and telling stories.

His family includes his two sons, Jimmy Davis of San Marcos, Calif., and Larry (Karen) Davis of Glenwood; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; a granddaughter, Veralynn Davis; two daughters-in-law, Chris Davis and Evelyn Davis; and a sister, Dorothy Howard.

Funeral services were held at the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa; with Rev. Charlie McMillan officiating.

Burial was in the Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Serenity House or to Mahaska Health Partnership.

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