John R. Davies

SEATTLE John R. Davies, 82, died suddenly of a heart condition Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Wenatchee, Wash.

Memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Edmonds Plaza, Room 650, Main Street, Edmonds, Wash.

John was born on May 20, 1930, in Great Falls to Elsie (Fletcher) Davies and Dillwyn R. Davies. He was raised on the family ranch north of Simms where he helped his father with ranching duties through both the Great Depression and World War II. John was a 1948 graduate of Simms High School, where he excelled in both music and basketball. He attended the University of Montana before enlisting in the Air Force during the Korean War.

He subsequently enrolled in the University of Washington where he later graduated from medical school in 1961 and started further studies in psychiatry. It was at this time that John realized that his passion was in family medicine so he switched fields and began his career in family practice in 1964. John had a thriving family practice at Aurora Village Medical with his partner, Glen V. Rice, until his retirement. He also served as the chief of staff elect at Stevens Memorial Hospital in 1977.

It was while John was attending the University of Washington that he met and then married Angela M. Strutzel in 1956. John and Angela began their family some seven years later and then raised their family in Shoreline, Wash. They had a vacation home on Whidbey Island where they spent much of their time with their children, grand children, family and friends. John was also an avid skier, he and Angela took their family on many ski trips ranging from local ski areas in Washington State to Whistler, B.C., Sun Valley, Idaho, and as far away as Austria, just to name a few.

John retired from his medical practice in May, 1999. Sadly, in Nov. of that same year, Angela was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and John became her caregiver at their home until her passing in March, 2009. John and Angela were married for 53 years. Later John moved to Cashmere, Wash., where he married Leah Strutzel. They enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and had recently returned from a trip from Africa.

John was preceded in death by his wife Angela; his parents; brother Douglas Davies; and nephew John Harding.

John is survived by his wife Leah; daughters Jennifer (Terry) Redinger of Snohomish, Wash; Kim (Dan) McKisson of Shoreline, Wash., son Dan Davies of Edmonds; and grandchildren Cole, Analise, and Danica; sister Grace (Warren) Harding, of Simms; and eleven nieces and nephews who loved John very much.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, 1-800-259-4636.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 25, 2012