DONALD (BUD) DAVIS POLO - Donald (Bud) Davis passed away May 22, 2013, at Serenity Hospice & Home. Bud was born November 18, 1929, the son of John and Mildred (O'Kane) Davis. He attended Polo schools, graduating with the class of 1947. He married Phyllis Weigle in 1949. Through the late 60's he farmed and worked for Armour & Company as a hog buyer. After moving off the family farms, he was elected as Polo City Clerk. After his term he continued working in all City departments. He then worked for the Polo School District until retirement. During most of his working years Bud was also a school bus driver, and was proud of the fact he was nearing the third generation of families when he retired. He was a past member of the Polo Lions Club and a current member of Elkhorn United Methodist Church. Bud loved to hunt and fish during his early years, and later found plenty of time to spend at Edgewood Golf Club with the "old guys" playing golf during the spring and summer and cards in the winter. He and Phyllis greatly enjoyed camping. The greatest memory of Bud will be his love and devotion toward children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. None of his pastimes or personal enjoyments would ever stand in the way of helping his family in any way he could. Aside from his family and various employments, some of his most loved and enjoyable memories were the eight years he served the City of Polo as Mayor and the friendships he made. Bud is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 63+ years. Also survived by his daughter, Kathy (Bill) Coffman; son, Mike (Mary Ellen) Davis; granddaughters, Cari Olsen and Julie (Don) Sholes; great-grandchildren, Maggie Davis Sholes and Cooper Sholes; step grandchildren, Celina (Robert) Sronce, Rhett (Emily Kapner) DeWall, Becky (Clayton) Merrill, Jason Coffman and Zach Coffman; step great- grandchildren, Nikolas Manthei, Sgt. Kristoffer (Ariana) Manthei, Benjamin Manthei, Michael Sholes, Kate Merrill, Garrett Merrill, Samuel Kapner and Lucas DeWall; two sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bud was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Harry and Pearle Davis, and Miny and Lena O'Kane; brother, John (Jack) Davis; and sister, Peggy Davis. Bud's family would like to thank Pinecrest Manor and Ogle County Hospice and Home for the wonderful care he received during his last few months of life. These caregivers provided a peaceful ending. Visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Polo Family Funeral Home, 110 E. Dixon St., Polo. Funeral at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Faith United Methodist Church, 702 E. Dixon St., Polo. Memorials may be directed to Pinecrest Community.
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Published in The Journal-Standard on May 24, 2013