Wendell E. Davis, 88, Williamsburg, Kansas, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017, at Sunset Manor in Waverly, Kansas.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at First Baptist Church, 410 S. Hickory St., Ottawa, Kansas. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Williamsburg, Kansas. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, 325 S. Hickory St., Ottawa.
Wendell was born Oct. 8, 1928, on the family farm in Williamsburg, where he resided his entire life. He was the son of Franklin Weaver Davis and Vera “Ruth” (Hume) Davis.
He graduated from high school in Williamsburg and attended Ottawa University in Ottawa.
Wendell was a lifelong farmer, and a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office for more than 20 years.
On March 11, 1951, Wendell was united in marriage to Claire E. Talley at the Church of the Brethren in Ottawa. They shared 65 years of marriage before Claire’s passing on March 31, 2016.
Wendell was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ottawa; Anchor Lodge in Williamsburg; Lions Club in Williamsburg; USD 287 school board; Rural Water District No. 4 board; Mt. Olivet Cemetery board; Williamsburg Township board; and served as a Worthy Patron of the Sadana Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star No. 194. He enjoyed working on the farm where he built or remodeled every building on the farm. He enjoyed restoring tractors and participating in the Power of Past Tractor Show.
Surviving family includes three daughters, Marjorie Bryant of Williamsburg; Ginger Tabares and husband, Edward of Emporia, Kansas; and Rebecca Steadman and husband, Greg of Lawrence, Kansas; nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Travis, Erica, Aaron, Amber, Natalie, Whitney, Davis and Dayna; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Claire; a sister, Eloise “Sis” Epperson; four brothers, Stanley, F.W. Jr., Richard and Merle Davis; and a great-grandson, Seth Steinfort.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Olivet Cemetery, KU Research Alzheimer’s Disease Center, or Marvin and Erica Steinfort missionary projects. Contributions may be sent c/o Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.lamb-roberts.com.