Kenneth Paul Davis passed away on August 20, 2013 at the age of 73 in the comfort of his home in Wheatland, California. He was the son of Floyd "Joe" Davis and Hazel (Mason) of Crawfordsville, Indiana who preceded him in death. Ken was born on February 11, 1940 in Crawfordsville and graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1959. He married his wife, Sharon (Furr) of Newtown, Indiana on April 24, 1966.
Ken worked for Indiana Bell Telephone, transferred to Olympia, Washington and later to California and retired from the phone company after 33 years.
Ken joined the Indiana National Guard at the age of 17 in Communications. After serving in the National Guard in Indiana, Washington, California, and the California Reserves, he retired with over 47 years of military service.
Ken was an active member of the Wheatland Lions Club. He was also a member of the Wheatland American Legion Post 0789. He was the Commander for the last two years until he had to step down because of his illness.
Ken played the French Horn in his school band and continued to play over the years with the Crawfordsville Civic Band, the American Legion and for the past three years, the Yuba College Orchestra. Ken was an avid reader of westerns, science fiction, and military history and also collected foreign coins, not only for himself, but for his grandchildren.
Ken is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sharon, and their four daughters: Sherry Thomas (Brian); Mary Marks (Shane Griego); Kimberly Scheideman (Tim); and Robin Theis (Robb); five granddaughters and one grandson. He is also survived by his sister Sharon Dexter and brother Everett Davis, Crawfordsville, Indiana.
Ken was an amazing man, devoted husband, loving father, and papa to his grandchildren, Sloane, Loren, Taylor, Jacob, Sydney, and Samantha. In the past year he's also been papa to Michael, Kaytlyn, Molly and Matthew, and a great friend to all. He will be missed by all of us and by the community.
Graveside service will be held at the Wheatland Cemetery at 4865 Wheatland Road on Friday, August 23, 2013, 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to the WUHS Music Department, 1010 Wheatland Road, Wheatland, 95692; and the Wheatland Lions Club, PO Box 756, Wheatland, CA 95692.
The family wants to thank the amazing staff at Sutter North Hospice for all their dedication and kindness.
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Published in Appeal Democrat on Aug. 21, 2013