Melvin Clifford Davis passed away at his home in Silverton, Oregon, just one day after celebrating his 85th Birthday.
Melvin was born to Clifford and Josephine Davis at the home of his Grandfather, Arnold Perters, located south of Hay Springs near the Niobrara River. He was raised south of Rushville near Pine Creek. He received his elementary education at the Mill School and then attended Rushville High School. Davis graduated as his class Valedictorian in 1943.
He joined the Armed Forces and served his enlistment until the untimely death of his father, Clifford. Consequently, he then received an early discharge and returned to Nebraska. He farmed and ranched at his parent’s home place until 1957. Then ,he and his wife, Ruth Soles, moved to Oregon. Here, he made a career in the Department of Corrections of the State of Oregon, working with delinquent boys and girls.
Being a master gardener, he spent his past time raising a big garden, flowers, and fruit trees.
Melvin is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughters: Beckie (Randolf) Jackson and Anita Davis; two grandchildren: Dan and Amy Jackson; sisters: Lois Sine, Walla Walla, Washington, and Lavonne Burrows, Hay Springs, Nebraska.
He has two nephews, eight nieces, and many cousins, neighbors and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Norman Davis, and nephew, Gary Davis.