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Weerts Funeral Home Mobile Website: Obituary for John R. "Jack" Davis
John R. "Jack" Davis of Davenport, Iowa
Died on Sunday, June 17th, 2012
10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 22nd, 2012 Weerts Funeral Home
11:00 a.m. Friday, June 22nd, 2012 Weerts Funeral Home
Cemetery: Davenport Memorial Park
John R. (Jack) Davis died Sunday, June 17th at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf after an extended illness. A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday June 22, at 11:00 A.M at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport. Visitation will be at Weerts one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Davenport Memorial Park
Jack Davis was born in 1922 in Eddyville, Iowa, the seventh of eight children born to Jay Samuel and Martha Davis. Graduating from Eddyville High School in 1940, he attended William Penn College, Oskaloosa where he was a member of the football team and a part-time soda fountain "jerk" in downtown Oskaloosa. He and his younger brother enlisted in the U.S. Navy following the attack on Pearl Harbor. After training in Farragut, Idaho, Jack was promoted becoming a Pharmacist's Mate and serving on several ships in the South Pacific and finally at Manila Harbor in the Philippines. He gave medical and dental assistance to both sailors and to Philippine civilians and children.
Following the armistice, he returned to Iowa where he met, courted and married Esther Cameron. Jack then completed his undergraduate education at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. He then taught and coached both girls' and boys' basketball and boys' baseball in Fremont and Norway, Iowa. He served as a Principal in the Norway, Iowa School District.
In 1955, Jack Davis became the Farm Bureau Field Agent for Scott County moving his young family to Davenport. Jack marketed disability, accident, and health insurance as well as crop insurance throughout Scott and Clinton counties for many years.
He became a substitute, and then, later a full-time Rural Letter Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service serving primarily Rural Route #3, Davenport until his official retirement in 1989.
As a former player and coach team sports always held Jack's interest. So, in retirement, he took pleasure in working as security/usher on the field and in the press box at University of Iowa Football games as well as monitoring the "tunnel" at Carver Arena for Basketball and Wrestling events. Later he served in a similar capacity at The Mark in Moline. He also welcomed visitors for the Convention and Visitor's Bureau refurbished Milwaukee Road Depot in Downtown Davenport.
Jack was a 57 year member of St. John's Methodist Church in Davenport, Past President of the West High Parent and Booster Club, Past President of the Davenport Evening Lions Club, Past President of the Davenport Pony and Colt Leagues, member of the Board of Directors of the Scott County Red Cross, member of the Davenport Consistory, Kaaba Shrine, United Fund , Cancer and Cripple Children Fundraising campaigns. He served on the agriculture committees for Davenport and Bettendorf Chambers of Commerce. He was tireless in his work for Lion's International. He served as a District Governor (1973-74) and for years after was instrumental in forming many new Lion's Clubs throughout eastern Iowa.
Jack treasured his family. He and Esther made every effort to attend their grandkids' activities usually with camera in hand to capture special moments of those who meant so much to him. Later, when age and infirmity came knocking, he relished those photos and the happy memories they brought.
Jack is survived by his wife of 65 years, Esther, a daughter, Kathy Salthun (Rex), Bettendorf, sons, Terry (Pat), Easton, PA, Dr. Bruce (Cyndi), Neillsville, WI and Doug (Jane) Davenport, IA., ten(10) grandchildren: Signe Brackmann (Jon)of Phoenix, AZ, Kelly Glaeser (Danny) of Shawnee, KS, Scott Salthun, Iowa Falls, IA, Jenny Selvey (David) of Lees Summit, MO,Nicholas Davis(Sarah)of Waterman, IL, Katy Nahra (Andy) of Coralville, IA, Erin Crawford (Kyle) of Aurora, CO Katherine Davis of Madison, WI, Carolyn Davis, US Army, Ft. Bragg, NC and Sarah Davis, Neillsville, WI, and five (5) great grandsons, Jack and Owen Brackmann of Phoenix, Grayson Glaeser of Shawnee, KS and Connor and Finn Davis of Waterman, IL. Jack is survived by two brothers Harry and Ernie Davis of Eddyville, IA and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Martha, sisters, Nelly and Catherine and brothers, Ben, Sam and Neal Davis.
Memorials may be made to St. John's United Methodist Church, Davenport American Legion Post 26 in Davenport, The Davenport Breakfast Lion's Club or Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.