July 10, 1919 — Oct. 16, 2013
Philip Davis of College Place, formerly of Milton-Freewater, passed away Oct. 16, 2013, at Eagle Springs at the age of 94 years. Memorial services will be Nov. 1, 2013, at 1 p.m., at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Milton-Freewater with Pastor JJ Dygert officiating. Private graveside services will be Nov. 1, 2013, at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church or the Christian Aid Center through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Mr. Davis was born July 10, 1919, in Freewater, the son of Gain and Viola Clements Davis. He attended Freewater Elementary School and McLoughlin Union High School, graduating with the Class of 1937. After high school, he did some farming and then worked at the Isser Store in Walla Walla as a sales clerk. Mr. Davis then joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during World War II. After his discharge from the military, he worked in the retail lumber business, working for Tum-A-Lum Lumber Company in Pendleton, Hermiston and The Dalles. He then worked for the Hillboro Lumber Company in Hillsboro, Ore. On Oct. 15, 1950, he married Jean E. Reese in Pendleton. In the spring of 1961, he returned to the Walla Walla Valley and worked for Whitehouse Crawford until he retired in 1983. Mr. Davis had served on the Ferndale School Board for at least 10 years. After his retirement, he spent time on his small fruit farm in Milton-Freewater. In his youth, he was a member of the Federated Church and later became a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Mrs. Davis preceded him in death on Jan. 16, 2012.
He is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Christine Davis of Walla Walla, Janice and Paul Grimm of Pendleton; five sons and daughters-in-law, Philip and Sally Davis, Timothy Davis all of Milton-Freewater, Paul and Lois Davis of Fredericksberg, Va., Steven and Terri Davis of College Place, Roger and Ginny Davis of Petaluma, Calif.; grandchildren, Corey Davis of Milton-Freewater, Katie and Anna Davis of Fredericksberg, Va., Lexi and Tanner Davis of Petaluma, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two brothers and two sisters.