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Dale Francis Davis
6 March 1929 – 17 January 2015

It is with sadness that we learn that we have lost one of our senior William Davis DNA Project members.
Dale Francis Davis, of the Benjamin Davis and Anna Lowing line, has passed away on Jan 17, 2015. He was 85 years old.

From all the William Davis DNA Project members, we send deepest sympathy and condolences to his wife, his children and their families. There are many to miss him: besides his wife and children, he had 24 grand children, 10 great grand children and 1 great, great grand child.

For more about Dale Francis Davis’ past, see the story of his Davis ancestry posted on the William Davis DNA Project website on Nov 26, 2013.

Obituary Dale Francis Davis
(Courtesy Davis & Schaefer Family Tree)

Dale Francis Davis was the ninth child of ten born to Orrin T. and Josephine (Sherman) Davis.  He was born March 6, 1929, in Ellendale, ND, and lived there until he was 13 years old.  He then moved to his sister’s farm (Bill & Pearl Harrison) in the Forbes, ND area to work.

In 1951, Dale entered the US Army and served two years in South Korea during the Korean War, where he was a motor sergeant on the front lines.
On July 3, 1956, Dale married Janet Schaefer and they bought his sister Cora (Fudge) Foist’s farm southwest of Ellendale, where they lived and had four children.  After selling the farm, they bought the Circle Bar in Ellendale in June of 1975 and renamed it “Dale’s Corner Corral”.  During this time in the bar business he was instrumental in bringing the PRCA Rodeos to town, which were enjoyed by many.

He married Margaret “Cook” Mikkonen on September 26, 1987.  After 22  years of working in the bar, Dale and Cook sold the bar in 1997.  Over the next several years Dale held jobs as grounds keeper at the Ellendale Country Club and taking care of the Ellendale City Parks and Ellendale Cemetery before finally retiring in 2009.  Following retirement, Dale continued to work at home planting flower gardens around the house; he was never one to sit still for more than a few minutes.  On May 1, 2014, he entered Prince of Peace Care Center, where he remained until his death.
Dale loved to work in the garden, watch rodeos and play cards.  He especially enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers:  Charles Davis, Warren “Shorty” Davis, Eugene Davis, Alfred Davis, Vernon Davis and Donald Davis; three sisters:  Cora (Fudge) Wahl, Pearl Harrison and Elsie Juencke; one niece, Janice Shuck; and one nephew, Thomas Davis.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret “Cook” Davis of Ellendale, ND; his children:  John Davis of Ellendale, Sherry (Mike) Bice of Aberdeen, Brenda (Shannon) Morris of Deadwood, SD, Kristy (Duane) Hegge Aberdeen, Tina (Blaine) Anliker of Chigiak, AK, Sonya (Jason) Beyer of Blaine, MN, Patrick (Carrie) Mikkonen of Mt Vernon, SD, Rheiff (Kim) Mikkonen of Rapid City, SD and Heather (Matt) Sylvester of Cambridge, MN; 24 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Obit card 1(To enlarge, click twice)

Obit card 2

Photo captions (top L, counterclockwise):

Dale, on leave from the army, with his mother, Josephine Sherman

Dale, on one of his many horses

Dale, growing a beard for the Ellendale Centennial, 1982

Dale, in nursing home for broken leg, about 2013

Dale and wife, Cook, at her son’s wedding, about 2000

Dale, at daughter Kristy’s wedding. L to R: son John, dau Sherry, Dale, dau Kristy, Cook (Dale’s wife), dau Brenda.

More Photos

MoonAndDaleFrancisDavisDale Francis Davis, on R (Courtesy Davis & Schaefer Family Tree)

DaleFrancisDavisKorea1951Dale Francis Davis, Korea, 1951
(Courtesy Davis & Schaefer Family Tree)

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