Obituary: Ivan Davis

Flowers over a tumbstone

Ivan Leland Davis died in Winfield, Kan., at the VA Home on Good Friday, April 19, 2019, at the age of 98.
Ivan Leland Davis was born Sept. 10, 1920, in rural Milan, Kan., the fourth child of Harry Leroy Davis and Lealia Leona (Swan) Davis. He grew up on the family farm, graduated from Argonia High School, was drafted into the U.S. Army, made two invasions during World War II, returned to the U.S. after spending time in Japan, and received an Honorable Discharge.
He then pursued a career as an electrician in the Wichita area, where he met his future bride at a dance. On Oct. 9, 1954, he married Pauline Fae Medearis McPurdy. They settled on a farm near Argonia with his three step-children, Richard McPurdy, Patrick McPurdy and Roberta McPurdy. He farmed and did custom work.
Ivan’s excitement at the birth of his first child became even greater when he got the mumps and the time was very near. So plans were made for the doctor from Argonia to take the mother-to-be to the Wellington Hospital for the delivery when the time came. On April 8, 1958, his daughter, Beverly Ann Davis Harwood, was born in their rural home just as the doctor arrived.
Ivan and family moved to Coyville, Kan., where he drove a gas transport truck and did janitorial work in several offices until his retirement. He traveled to many parts of the country to his Army buddies’ reunions, loved to dance, and if there was a dance within easy driving distance, he was there. As his eyesight declined, his dear dance friends would take him.
His sight loss also brought about a new mode of transportation, his bicycle. He entered the VA Home in Winfield in 2012, where he kept on the move, be it when he walked the halls singing or riding his three-wheeled bike throughout the complex.
He is survived by his granddaughter, Retta Harwood; nieces, Diane Adams, Leila Hine, Agnes Purdy and Patty Tracy; nephews, Dan Davis, Rich Davis, Gary Davis, Kenneth Davis and Robert Davis; and numerous great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Beverly Davis Harwood; and a niece, Mary Davis Phillips.
A memorial graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Floyds Chapel, Argonia Cemetery, Argonia, Kansas. Pastor Eric Linville will officiate.
Memorials may be given in memory of Ivan to the Argonia Friends Church, 202 N. Pine, Argonia, KS 67004, or they may be left in care of the mortuary.
To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit www.schaeffermortuary.info. Arrangements by Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main, Caldwell, KS 67022.