JOPLIN, Mo. —
Mr. Carl Raymond Davis, 89, of Joplin, Mo., departed this life on Sunday afternoon, April 6, 2014, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin, after a brief illness.
Carl entered this life on June 4, 1924, in Joplin, son of the late Lester and Nora (Legore) Davis. He was a lifelong resident of Joplin and a 1942 graduate of Joplin High School. He served his country faithfully in the United States Army during World War II in the 103rd Infantry, receiving a Purple Heart. After being honorably discharged he returned home to Joplin, and began working at the Modern Bowling Alley. It was while managing the bowling alley he met Kathryn Sue Ball. They were united in marriage on Aug. 30, 1952, and to this union two sons were born. Carl had a distinguished career as a sales consultant for over 35 years with Bearing Headquarters, formerly Industrial Equipment Company, before retiring in 1989.
Carl was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Joplin, VFW Post 534, American Legion Post 201, Elk's Lodge 501, DAV, Abou Ben Adhem Shrine and Masonic Lodge 345. Carl was a skilled bowler most of his life earning him a spot in the Joplin Bowling Hall of Fame. Carl also was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan all of his life, seeing numerous Cardinal games at the old Sportsman Park and both the old and new Busch Stadiums. Carl was a true gentleman with an infectious smile. His helpful, sweet and caring spirit will forever live in the hearts of his dear family and closest friends.
Carl is survived by his two sons, William L. :Bill" Davis and wife, Laurie, of Murray, Ky., and James R. "Jim" Davis and wife, Jane, of Lee's Summit, Mo.; four grandchildren, Hannah Davis, Ami Siebecker, Bradley Siebecker and Amanda Setlak; six great-grandchildren, Blake, McKenzie, Tyler, Lora, Olivia and Charlie; his beloved sweetheart, Irmgard (Mickey) Crisp, of Joplin; several nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; both wives, Kathryn Sue Davis on May 15, 1978, and Wanda Davis in September of 1997; two brothers, Lewis and Richard Davis; and one sister, Amy Jackson.
Graveside funeral services with full military honors will be held on Thursday morning, April 10, at 10 a.m. at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery in Joplin, with Chaplain Daniel Powell officiating. Those honoring his life by serving as pallbearers are Bill Davis, Jim Davis, Ron Raymond, Michael Wolfe, Terry Wemer and Louis Niewald. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are being directed to the Joplin Humane Society and contributions may be left at the mortuary.
On-line condolences may be sent to the family through our website www.thornhilldillon.com
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin.
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