Jack Eldon Davis, 81, of rural Cole Camp, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital, Clinton. He was born on March 22, 1932, near Lincoln, Mo., a son of Roy (John) and Mary Rose (Maltsbarger) Davis.
As a teenager, he worked with his father delivering ice in the Lincoln area and worked for several farmers in the area. In June of 1951, he was married to Mildred Knox. They had three children: James, Mary Kay and Jerry Jerstad.
He held many jobs besides working for Pittsburg Corning in Sedalia and Ford Motor Company in Kansas City. He was manager, salesman, and mechanic at Coffman Marina in Climax Springs for 11 years. He then moved to Cole Camp and opened A & J Marine north of Lincoln. He also drove a school bus for Cole Camp School. After 20 years, he moved A & J to his son’s home near Cole Camp, where he worked alongside his son until his health began to fail.
He was a baptized member of the First Baptist Church of Cole Camp. Jack was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and his children were very special to him. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and singing. He had a giving heart and never failed to help anyone who was in need.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Millie Davis of the home; one daughter, Mary Kay Davis and her husband Dan of Chesterfield; two sons, James Davis and his wife Becky of Cole Camp, Jerry Jerstad of San Andreas, Calif.; two brothers, Richard Davis of Independence and John Davis of Liberal; six grandchildren, Jaelene Davis of Cole Camp, Cory Yurisich and his wife Leah of Ft. Benning, Ga., Morgan, Mia, and Marissa Davis of Chesterfield, and Blake Davis of Boulder, Colo.; one great-grandson, Hayden Yurisich; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy (John) and Mary Davis, his sister, Doris Jean Lutjen, an infant sister, and two brothers, Roy Davis and Tommy Davis.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the First Baptist Church, Cole Camp, with Pastor Jim Nail officiating. Burial will be in First Baptist Cemetery, Cole Camp.
Pallbearers will be Cory Yurisich, Mike Davis, Charles Davis, Bobby Knox, Arnold Knox, Rob Knox and Bill Ray.
The family will receive friends from noon until service time on Saturday at the church.
The family suggests memorial contributions be given to Alzheimer’s Research in care of the Fox Funeral Home, Cole Camp.