June 10, 1932 ~ October 27, 2022
Donald “Don” Davis, 90, of Lee’s Summit, MO, died October 27, 2022. Funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Langsford Funeral Home, Lee’s Summit, MO, with visitation prior to the benefit at 10:00 a.m.
Don was born June 10, 1932 to Hubert and Nadine (Rice) Davis in Lee’s Summit, MO. He was a life resident of Lee’s Summit and a life member of Lee’s Summit Christian Church. After graduating from Lee’s Summit High School in 1950, he married his girlfriend Nancy Ruth McPheeters. They were married for 70 years.
In 1951, he enlisted and served four years in the US Air Force as a radar specialist for the Fighter Interceptor Squadron during the Korean War. During this time a daughter, Barbara, was born and later two sons, Carl and Norman. After military service, he graduated in 3 years from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He worked for Bendix Corporation and then Western Electric in management positions. After his corporate career, he and Nancy started Davis Real Estate in Lee’s Summit MO and helped residents of the Lee’s Summit area with their real estate needs for many years.
He was an accomplished athlete in high school, playing football, basketball, and the running track. He was a three-sport man. He played grassroots football in the Air Force, and college football and tennis in Missou. He played competitive tennis most of his life. He was a skilled golfer, bowler, softball and pocket billiards player. In his youth, he jokingly called the billiard room “Strother’s Emporium of Pocketorial Arts.” He loved many genres of music but especially enjoyed listening to Nancy, her daughter Barbara and her son-in-law Fred Chao (all professional musicians). He himself was a very good singer and trumpeter. Moreover, he wrote beautiful and meaningful poetry in perfect iambic pentameter.
He had a great interest in American government and democracy.
He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandson and was an outstanding role model and provider to all of us.
Don was predeceased by his wife Nancy, his parents Hubert and Nadine Davis, his sister Dorothy Bachman, his son Norman Davis and his grandson David Chao.
He is survived by his daughter Barbara Chao (Frederick), Phoenix, AZ, his son Carl Davis (Mary), Lee’s Summit, MO, his grandchildren Clarissa Chao (Joel Alvarado) Phoenix, AZ, Collin Davis, Duluth, MN , Alex Davis (Danyale ), Lincoln, NE, one great-grandson, Liam Chao Alvarado, and several nieces and nephews.
Our deepest gratitude to the staff at Cross Creek of Lee’s Summit and Ascend Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made at Lee’s Summit Christian Church.
Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, 115 SW 3rd Street, Lee’s Summit, MO 64063