Donald Clay Davis Lebanon
Lebanon, Mo. — Funeral services for Donald Clay Davis, 80, Lebanon, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Holman-Howe Chapel in Lebanon. Burial will be in the Mount Rose Memorial Park Cemetery.
He died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at his home.
Mr. Davis served in the U.S. Army as a construction engineer. He was instrumental in building several airfields in the European Theater.
Mr. Davis and his wife moved to De Soto, Kan., after the war. He worked at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant for several years.
In 1956, Mr. Davis became a chemist at the Co-Op (Farmland) plant in Lawrence. In 1979, he became an electrician there until his retirement in 1991.
In De Soto, he helped build the first lighted baseball field and was a charter member of the Jaycees. Mr. Davis also served several years on the De Soto Park Board and coached Little League for 11 years. He continued pitching for the De Soto men’s softball team for many years until his retirement at the age of 55.
In 1993 he was diagnosed with the first of several cancers. In 1994, he and his wife moved back to the Lebanon area to be near extended family.
He married Pauline Skinner on Oct. 19, 1951, in Mountain Home, Ark. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, Philip, Kearney, Mo., and Michael, Denver; a daughter, Donna Haney, Lincoln, Neb.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society.