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Donald ‘Bud’ Davis

POLO – Donald “Bud” Davis passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon.

Bud was born Nov. 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 ’60s, he farmed and worked for Armour & Co. as a hog buyer. After moving off the family farms, he was elected Polo city clerk. After his term, he continued working in all city departments. He then worked for the Polo School District until retiring. During most of his working years, Bud also was 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. He 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 8 years he served the city of Polo as mayor and the friendships he made.

Bud is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 63-plus years. He also is survived by his daughter, Kathy (Bill) Coffman; son, Mike (Mary Ellen) Davis; granddaughters, Cari Olsen and Julie (Don) Sholes; and great-grandchildren, Maggie Davis Sholes and Cooper Sholes. His stepgrandchildren are Celina (Robert) Sronce, Rhett (Emily Kapner) DeWall, Becky (Clayton) Merrill, Jason Coffman and Zach Coffman. His step-great-grandchildren are Nikolas Manthei, Sgt. Kristoffer (Ariana) Manthei, Benjamin Manthei, Michael Sholes, Kate Merrill, Garrett Merrill, Samuel Kapner and Lucas DeWall. He also is survived by two sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents, Harry and Pearle Davis and Miny and Lena O’Kane. He also was preceded by a brother, John “Jack” Davis; and a sister, Peggy Davis.

Bud’s family would like to thank Pinecrest Manor and Serenity Hospice & Home for the wonderful care he received during his last few months of life. These caregivers provided a peaceful ending.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Polo Family Funeral Home, 110 E. Dixon St., Polo. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Faith United Methodist Church, 702 E. Dixon St., Polo.

Memorials may be directed to Pinecrest Community.


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