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Russell Davis, 84, of Greenfield

Funeral Services: Will be held on Friday, July 3, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield with burial at the Fontanelle Cemetery. Pastor Laurel Westerkamp will officiate the service.  

Family Visitation: The family will greet friends on Friday one hour prior to services at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield. 

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Russell Davis memorial fund to be established by the family at a later date. 

Russell Lawrence Davis was born May 30, 1931, to Harold and Letha (Crist) Davis in Richland Township, Adair County, Iowa. He was the eldest of three children. He passed away on Friday, June 26, 2015, at the Community Care Center in Stuart, Iowa, at the age of 84.

Russell was born 7 miles south of Fontanelle on his great grandma Herrick’s farm and he would spend the rest of his life in and around Adair County. His schooling was at Washington #7 a country school not far from his childhood home. His young adult life he worked away from home with farmers in Adair County. He was a jack of all trades, he worked building fence, chipping wood, sheering sheep and working for a high line company. He was married to Jean (Blazek) in 1957 and was blessed with five children: Sarah (Orchard), Lois (Myers), Jerry (Davis), Norman (Davis) and Eric (Davis). They purchased a farm in Adams County and there he would farm for the rest of their married life. He later married Pat Odom and lived in Mississippi for several years before returning to Iowa.

Russell loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper. He was a member of the Coyote Hunting group that existed back in the ‘60’s. His greatest times were sitting on the bank of a river seeing how big of a fish he could catch.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Terry Davis; son, Gaylord (at birth); grandparents; and many other relatives and friends.

He is survived by his children, Sarah (Mike) Orchard of Dubuque, Lois Myers (Ed Carpenter) of Brooks, Jerry (Shirley) Davis of Prescott, Norman (Carol) Davis of Prescott and Eric Davis of Prescott; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sister, Kathy (Larry) Strom of Phoenix, AZ; sister-in-law, Beth Davis of Altoona; longtime friend, Rosalie McGinnis of Greenfield; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

 

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