William F. "Jack" Davis, 94, passed away on April 4, 2017
William F. “Jack” Davis, 94, of Augusta, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at home.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2017, at Headley Funeral Chapel, Augusta, KS. Private interment will be at Latham Cemetery, Latham, Kan.
Jack was born Feb. 4, 1923, to the late Alwilda Redman (Phillips) and Fred Earl Davis. Many of his early years were spent in Barber County, Kan., where his dad and uncle ranched. The family moved back to the Latham area in Butler County when Jack was about 14 years old.
Jack attended high school in Latham, where he met his future wife, Billie Jean Gregory, whom he married Jan. 10, 1945 in Wichita. They were married 69 years and 10 months, until Billie’s death in 2014. He served in the United States Army during World War II. After the war, Jack came back to Butler County where he ranched for a short time and then began his career of more than 30 years in the aircraft industry, mainly working as a jig builder with Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita and retired from Boeing in 1985.
In retirement, Jack and his wife Billie wintered in Fulton, Texas for approximately 18 years. He enjoyed fishing, the warmer weather and friendships with other retirees.
Jack was known to many for his sense of humor; keen recollection of dates, names, and stories; and self-discipline to take care of his health and get regular exercise. His hobbies included hunting and fishing and reading.
In 2011 Jack and Billie moved to Cottonwood Point in Augusta. He was a favorite of many residents and staff. He always had a smile and loved to kid with everyone. He never missed an opportunity to pull a practical joke on someone; to his delight and their dismay!
He is survived by: daughters, Betsy Whitehill and husband Wayne, Patsy Sphar and husband Gary, Jane Boucher and husband Alan; sisters, Susie Calvin and Loriene Brewer; grandchildren, Alex Sphar, Sam Sphar, Annie Desai, Hank Boucher, and Emmett Boucher; great-grandchildren, Parker Sphar, Lily Sphar, and Olivia Boucher.
He was preceded in death by his wife Billie Davis; his brothers, Phil, Doyle, and Robert Davis.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Butler County Library Outreach, C/C Bradford Memorial Library, 611 S. Washington, El Dorado, KS 67042.