Richard Davis

Richard Davis

Richard DavisRichard Darrel Davis age 93 of Walnut Grove passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Prairie View Healthcare Center in Tracy.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 25 at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove.  Visitation is 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to services on Tuesday.  Burial is in the Walnut Grove Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Richard Darrel Davis was born December 2, 1923 in Springdale Township, near Walnut Grove, Minnesota to Ernest and Eula (Gottshalk) Davis.  He went to country school until 8th grade.  Richard told about how he got to skip 3rd grade because the teacher only had two students.  She sent one to 4th grade (Richard) and the other back to 2nd grade.  Richard married Lucille Berg on June 12, 1945.  They farmed near Tracy and Walnut Grove nearly all their life.  He was involved in Lions Club and English Lutheran Church.  In addition, Richard was an actor in the play “Fragments of a Dream” for over 20 years until he was 87 years old.  He was very proud of this and that he got to drive the horses.  Richard loved hunting, fishing, baseball, and woodworking.  He was an avid gardener.  Richard was the caregiver for his wife for over seven years.

Richard is survived by his children: Jack (Diane) Davis and Dawn (Ken) Bass; grandchildren: Rick (Jodi), Angie (Jason), Brian (Trish), Amanda, and Janell (Ryan); 7 great grandchildren; sister Doloras Jenson; and sister-in-law Eleanor Davis.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lucille of 62 years, 2 infant children, brother Don, and brother-in-law Curtiss Jenson.

7 thoughts on “Richard Davis”

  1. So Sorry to hear about Richard. Loved visiting with Richard when we were involved with the pageant, loved that even at his age he could and would get out and still be in the pageant.. He was also friends with my parents. What a WONDERFUL man he was. Lots of great memories.

  2. Judy (Kolar) Grothe & husband Jerry

    Our Deepest Sympathy to the family. Richard was a very special part of my life, growing up in Walnut area. His family were dear friends of my family. It gaves me wonderful memories to cherish.

  3. Amy Farber Knowles

    Davis family,
    I loved your mom and dad so much! I couldn’t wait to walk down the road and visit with them after school. I have SO many wonderful memories of your family growing up. I’ll be home to walnut grove this weekend, but I’m sad I won’t be able to stay longer for the funeral. I was hoping to visit Richard while I was home. I love the picture you picked of him as that is exactly how I remember him! I know Richard, Lucille and my mom and dad are already playing a game of 500 together!! Thank you for sharing your mom and dad with me, as I always felt like they were my second mom and dad.
    Love, hugs and prayers to you all! Heaven just gained a wonderful angel!!

  4. Darlene & Earl Felling

    Dawn and families,
    I am very sorry to hear about your father’s passing. He sounds like he was a very interesting man and active in many things. You will be in our thoughts and prayers over the coming days and weeks. May God Bless you as He welcomes your father to his heavenly home with your mother. Hugs to you

  5. Linda Johnson Kleven

    Someone said it was fitting that Rich went during ng the pageant. I didn’t know him well, but he was a very nice man when I did have a short conversation with him at the t shirt shack or at Hoyt’s when I worked there. I am especially sorry for the loss of Kenny’s dad and Rich so close together. Thoughts to you all. Linda E. Kleven

  6. Julian Haskamp

    Dawn, Ken and family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. It was a pleasure getting to know your dad when he was at the home in Sauk Centre. God be with you as you go through these difficult times.

    Love and Prayers
    Julian Haskamp

  7. Sorry to know this sad news. I remember him as a gentleman, with his cigar and
    and his beverege talking about his land and what he grow of his plantation. Rest in peace, Richard.

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