Robert "Bob" Davis, 87, of Redwood Falls, died Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at Sunwood Good Samaritan Care Center in Redwood Falls.
Robert Eugene Davis, the son of Thayer Clinton Davis and Mable Lula "Lulu" (Krueger) Davis, was born Aug. 20, 1922 in Glenwood. When he was still an infant, Bob moved with his family to Wadena where he grew up and received his education. Following high school graduation, Bob attended Macalester College. On April 16, 1943, he was inducted into the Army and served as a dental laboratory technician in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Upon his honorable discharge on March 7, 1945, Bob continued his education at business school in Fargo.
On July 9, 1949, Bob married Marjorie Lucille Nodsle at Parkers Prairie and the couple moved to Sheyenne, N.D., where Bob pursued his banking career. In 1950, they relocated to Redwood Falls where he was a loan officer at Citizens State Bank (later called Northwestern Bank, Norwest Bank, and MinnWest Bank) until his retirement. Bob enjoyed a lot of traveling and visited all corners of the United States with his wife and daughters. He traveled to Ecuador to visit their foreign exchange student, to Europe and to Hawaii -- several times. Bob was known for his wardrobe of Hawaiian shirts.
He enjoyed the annual family outing to Blanche Lake, flower gardening, fishing, and -- in his younger years -- duck hunting. Bob was an extraordinary wood carver who specialized in ducks and fish. He served on the Gilfillan board and was a member of the Redwood Falls Board of Education. In his retirement, Bob enjoyed singing in the Senior Fun Band. He was a great conversationalist and an excellent story teller. Bob's grandchildren adored him.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 3, 2010 from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls. Burial, with military honors, will follow at the Redwood Falls Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, at the Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Redwood Falls and will continue on Monday at the church for one hour prior to services. Arrangements are with the Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via www.nelsonmartinfuneralservice.com.
Survivors include his daughters, Rebecca (Steve) Walling of Hutchinson, Deborah (Dan) Deis of Watertown, S.D., and Brenda (Mark) Hagen of White Bear Lake; and grandchildren Greg and Scott Walling, Paul and Laura Deis, and Grace and John Hagen.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, on Dec. 23, 1988; and his brother, Thayer Clinton Davis II, in June 1988.
Blessed be his memory.