Davis, Donald Lee

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Private committal at a later date

Memorials / Donations:
Missouri Veterans Home of St. James, MO


Donald Lee Davis of St. Clair, MO, departed this life in St. James, MO, on May 28, 2017, having reached the age of eighty-five years, eleven months and twenty-two days. Donald was born in Lonedell, MO, on June 5, 1931, son of Andrew Davis and Alice Davis nee Phillips. On May 28, 1955, he was united in marriage to Joyce L. Carter and two children came to bless this union.

Donald is survived by his wife, Joyce Davis of St. Clair, MO; by his son, Brian Scott Davis of Reno, NV; by his daughter, Shelley Suzanne Wehrheim and husband, Ken, of St. Louis, MO; by one brother, Lawrence Davis and wife, Betty, of St. Clair; by his sister, Fern Cordia of St. Louis; by his grandchildren, Greg Davis, Kristin Jones and husband, Dave, Miranda Hall, Ralph Hall, Jr. and Rachelle Hall; by two great-granddaughters, Michelle and Mya Jones; by brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Alice Davis; and by three brothers, Paul, Murel and Dorsie Davis.

Donald was a Christian believing in the Lord as his Savior. He was proud to have served his country during the Korean War in the United States Army, entering on February 20, 1952 and receiving his honorable discharge on February 3, 1954. During his working career he was employed at Tops Optical as an optician. A favorite pass time while at work during lunchtime was playing cards with workmates. He loved to hunt locally with his son Brian and his dear friend, Wilbur Dierker. He especially enjoyed the annual hunting trips with his brother Dorsie and friend, Leland Dierker, in Colorado. Donald also loved to go fishing with another of his many friends, Jack Lamb. In his younger years, he was a good baseball player, and had been scouted by team scouts. In his later years, he enjoyed eating dinner at Lewis Cafe with friends. What meant most to him was time spent with his family. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will live in their hearts forever.

A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 7:00 PM Thursday, June 1, 2017, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with Larry Carter officiating. Military honors will be rendered following the service at the funeral home. A private committal will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James, MO.