The memorial service celebrating the life of Gary Bruce Davis of Ottertail Lake, MN and Maui, HI will be held on Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wadena Alliance Church and will be officiated by Pastor and long-time friend, Jim Stoneman of the 1st Congregational United Church of Christ in Wadena where Gary and Benda have been life-long members.
A gathering of friends and family will be held on Friday, January 12th, 2018 at Schuller Family Funeral Home's Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. and will resume at Wadena Alliance Church on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Gary was born to Russell and Lucille(Larsen) Davis on March 18th, 1936, in Hunter, ND. The family moved to Wadena, MN in 1947, where Russ founded Russ Davis Wholesale in 1955 with just two trucks. Gary started his life-long occupation and passion at RDW in 1957 where he remained a solid fixture in this nationally recognized business until his death.
A man of great veracity, Gary was known in our communities and throughout the Upper-Midwest as a businessman, business-owner, and friend with integrity and principle. He was greatly loved and respected by many. He worked diligently with his friendsDennis McIntire and brother-in-law Jim Lehr.
Besides spending time with his family, Gary enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing. He also loved the opera, playing cards, and giving people a hard time.
Gary passed in his home surrounded by family on January 3, 2018, near Ottertail, MN.
Preceding Gary in death were his parents Russell and Lucille Davis, and friends Paul Evans, Wally Mueller, and Dan Coburn.
Gary is survived by his wife, Benda of Ottertail, MN; daughters, Katy Davis (Mark) Neitzke of New Richmond, WI; Amy Davis of Nisswa, MN; Darcy Davis (Paul Fiske) of Makawao, HI; grandchildren, Gary (Stacee) Rosier,Marissa Neitzke, Victoria Neitzke, Jack Hecker, Isaiah Acia, Micah Acia,and great-grandchildrenOwen Rosier and Emilia Rosier. He is also survived by his loving and adoring sisters, Sally Lehr of Ottertail, MN and Linda Rumery of Coeur d'Alene, ID and their families; along with a host of friends, family, and grateful and dedicated employees.
Honorary pallbearers include Sam Phillips, John Kemling, Tom Zosel, Mark Neitzke, JD Lehr, Gary Rosier, and Jack Hecker.
The family requests that memorials be directed to Mayo Clinic in the memory of Gary Davis through the Department of Developmentfor Pancreatic Cancer Research.
Arrangements by theSchullerFamily Funeral Homes & Cremation Services' Johnson-Schuller Chapel, Wadena, MN. (www.SchullerFamilyFH.com)