Leo Davis

Obituary of Leo Ronald Davis

Leo will be remembered by all who knew him for his kindness and attention he gave to others. He has made a special impact on his family and friends, and the affects will be eternally within those he touched. May his beautiful soul experience wondrous peace and freedom. Leo was born on June 2, 1939 to Leo Ronald Davis Sr. and Edna Leona Davis in Wheatland, Missouri and was the 3rd son of five sons and three daughters. After leaving his hometown of Gunn City, Missouri still in his teens, he enlisted into the United States Navy, 1957-1961. He was commissioned on the USS Joyce (DE-317), and USS Trathen (DD-530), both destroyer escorts providing protection against submarine and air attacks for Navy vessels and convoys. While stationed at Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii, he met his wife of 59 years, Minnie Akiu. They were married on July 16, 1960 in Redondo Beach, California. Shortly thereafter, they settled in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, where they raised their family, close to family and friends. He retired from the Claycomo Ford Motor Company in 1992. Leo was an automobile enthusiast and loved attending classic car shows. He also loved working on cars for family and friends. He enjoyed visiting over breakfast with the regulars at Debbie’s family restaurant, morning coffee with fellow bus drivers, and spending time with his family. At one time, both he and Minnie were members of the Square Dancing Club. He was a soft-spoken simple man. Leo leaves behind his loving wife Minnie, his children Ronnie (Pam) Davis of Gladstone, Mark (Katy) Davis of Wood Heights, Theresa (Jeff) Rice of Lawson, and Sherry (Alex) Ortiz of Hawaii. 10 grandchildren, 19 great-granchildren. He is survived by brothers Medford Davis of Excelsior Springs, George (Ruth) Davis of Kingsville, Doyle (Janice) Davis of Independence and sister Helen (Jay) Powell of Warsaw and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services will be held 2 p.m. March 25, 2020 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Excelsior Springs, Missouri.
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