BILLINGS GAZZETE Fiday, October 6, 2000
SAVAGE - Funeral services for Dale Davis, 68, of Savage, will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Lutheran Church with Pastor Virgil Hollen of the Bethel Free Lutheran Church of Culbertson officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home of Sidney.
Dale Allen Davis was born on Aug. 19, 1932, in Fargo, N.D., and was the second oldest of 10 children of Edith (Knudsvig) and Everett Davis. He lived in Divide and Williams County, N.D., and moved to Williston in 1945. He started school in Sioux Trail, N.D., and later in Williston, N.D. He joined the Air Force in Nov. 17, 1953, and served overseas in North Africa.
He married Sue Ellen Clark on Sept. 29, 1954. They lived in Williston from 1954-1957 and Dale worked for the railroad and then went into trucking. They lived in Plentywood, Glasgow and Billings, where their daughter Lissa Jean was born in 1960. In 1961, the family moved to the Sidney and Savage area. In 1979, they moved to Glendive, and then back to Savage in 1987. Dale worked as a truck driver for Lloyd Becker Trucking, Williston Scobey Transfer, Hellfrey Motor Freight, H F Johnson, Farmers Union Transportation and Cenex. He became an independent trucker in 1983 and at his death, was leased with Farrell Transport.
Dale never met a stranger and loved life and other people to the fullest. He was a beloved husband to Sue, father to Lissa and Jack, grandfather to Eddie, age 3, and Steffanie, age 1; brother, and friend to everyone he met! His family, friends and dedication to his work filled his life.
His daughter Lissa married Jack Gabel of Huntley on Sept. 24, 1983, and they have blessed Dale and Sue with two grandchildren who are the apple of their grandparents' eyes! Prior to having grandchildren of their own, Dale had many "adopted" kids. He was "Uncle Dale" to many both by blood and by choice. He never met a child he couldn't relate to and they flocked to him because he loved them so much! His humor and straight forwardness were appreciated by many, and he would talk to anyone and become a friend. He was loyal and a hero to many. His life and example touched many lives in a positive way. He will be greatly missed on this earth! He had a big and gentle heart and a smile we will remember forever
Dale died, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at the Mercy Medical Hospital in Williston following a heart attack.
Survivors include his wife, Sue, of Savage; daughter, Lissa and her husband, Jack; grandchildren, Eddie and Steffanie Gabel, of Huntley; four brothers, Tewy (Bettyann) of Medina, N.D., Butch (Carol) of Souris, N.D., and Rick (Myrna) and Bob Davis, both of Billings; two sisters, Cathy (Frank) Cobos, of Burnsville, Minn., and Edith (Donovan) Holt of Sidney; many very special uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. You know who you are!
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Duane, Ronald and Joe; three uncles, and two aunts.