Wednesday, December 17, 2014



Donnie Paul Davis, 75, Rantoul, Kansas, passed away Friday, June 6, 2014, at Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa.

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Ruhamah Baptist Church, Rantoul. Family members plan to meet with friends 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, June 9, 2014, at the church. Interment is set for Ruhamah Cemetery, Rantoul, with military honors by the Fort Riley Honor Guard.

Donnie was born Sunday, Nov. 20, 1938, in Promise City, Iowa, the son of Hurley Ivan and Florence Marie (Poli) Davis.

He attended school in Iowa.

As a teenager, he lived in Kansas City, Kansas, moving in 1961 to Rantoul.

Donnie was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as a prison guard at Fort Leavenworth, obtaining the rank of Specialist 4.

Donnie worked for Western Auto’s home office in Kansas City, Missouri. It was there he met his future wife, Nellie Irene Dingus. Three and a half months later, they were united in marriage Feb. 14, 1959, in Pleasanton, Kansas. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his two children, Jack Davis and wife, Lisa, Princeton, and Darla Ouellette and husband, Ed, Rantoul; seven grandchildren, D.J. Ouellette and wife, Alissa, Katie Underwood and husband, John, Vincent Ouellette and wife, Kira, Ellen “Elli” Unruh and husband, Daniel, and Wade, Tristan and Megan Davis; three great-grandchildren, Addison and Arlen Underwood, and Payton Ouellette; five siblings, Dallas Davis and wife, Nona, Olathe, Richard Davis, Norwalk, Iowa, Betty Sulser and husband, John, Plano, Iowa, and Helen “Rene” Butler and husband Harry, Tipton, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Bobbie Davis.

Donnie was a hard-working farmer and stockman on the family farm in Rantoul, he also was employed at Delco Remy Battery Plant, Olathe, as an assemblyman for 30 years, retiring June 30, 1989.

He was a member of the United Auto Workers Local 1021.

Donnie enjoyed trail riding with his children and grandchildren, deer and coon hunting, fishing, raising Boston Terriers, and singing karaoke.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Ruhamah Baptist Church or Central Heights Friends of FFA through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa KS 66067.

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