Military veteran

John William Davis, 87, died Monday, July 18, 2011, at his farm near Licking.

He was born July 3, 1924 near Houston, son of William Gilford and Malinda Leona Brownfield McGibney Davis. He and Kathleen Cecelia O’Malley were married Oct. 7, 1950.

He enjoyed working on the family farm near Houston with a team of horses. He and his father cut trees with a two-man saw. They raised cattle, hogs and chickens. There was a large orchard and garden on the farm.

As a young man, he worked in the wheat fields in Kansas and on a dairy farm in north Missouri.

He entered the Army on Aug. 16, 1945. He was part of the Army of Occupation located in Germany. He served as a military policeman and received the Victory Medal-Army of Occupation Germany. He was discharged in 1947.

He was a farmer and worked as a painter and carpenter at Ft. Leonard Wood. He loved his family and farm life. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ernest McGibney and Erman McGibney; and a sister, Ruth Mae Castleman.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen; a daughter, Patricia Davis of Licking; a sister, Mary Lou O’Neill of North Port, Fla.; a brother, Charles Otis Davis of Houston; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Services are 10 a.m. Friday, July 22, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Licking with Father Matt officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in O’Malley Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home.

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