Mundwiler Funeral Home announces the death of Robert “Bob” Davis, age 87, of Milbank, who died Wednesday, August 17, 2016.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Milbank. Burial will follow in the Milbank City Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Sunday, August 21, from 3-5 p.m. at Mundwiler Funeral Home and will continue on Monday for one hour prior to the time of service at the church.
Robert Myron Davis was born on August 26, 1928, at St. Bernard’s Hospital in Milbank, SD to Orrie and Gladys (Boerger) Davis. He grew up on the farm and attended school in Milbank, graduating from Milbank High School with the class of 1947.
Bob met the love of his life, Edith Jane Trupe, when she was a waitress in Wilmot, SD. They were united in marriage on August 19, 1948, in Browns Valley, MN. This union was blessed with four children and 67 years of marriage. During their early years of marriage and while raising their family, Bob and Jane farmed hand-in-hand. Farming was Bob’s true passion and he was blessed to have spent his entire life doing so.
Bob was an avid sportsman. Since 1944, he was a member of the Rod and Gun Club, now known as the Whetstone Sportsman Conservation Club. In the mid-1960’s he became the President of the club. Bob was also a delegate to the State Wildlife Federation for many years, attending many Federation Meetings during his time with the Rod and Gun Club. In 1992, he was honored with a trophy for over forty years of dedicated service to wildlife and habitat conservation and service to the community and state.
Bob was always very invested in the importance of young men learning the rules and regulations of hunting, fishing, and working with wild life. He enjoyed helping with the Hunter Safety Course, the Wildlife Federation Park Camp, and was also active in “Boys Nite”, an event sponsored by the Rod and Gun Club.
Bob was a true outdoorsman, raising pheasants and taking hunting trips where he could spend his leisure time keeping in touch with wildlife and their surroundings. In 1959, he helped with a project to bring antelope into Grant County and during the bad winters of 1967 and 1968, Bob fed the deer and antelope each day. He even started a project of his own planting wildlife food plots on his farm to feed the geese. Bob was always willing to spare hay or money in order to help feed the wildlife.
Bob was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Milbank.
Left to cherish Bob’s memory is his daughters: Glenda (Ted) Silkey of Watertown, SD, and Brenda Reiners of Parker, CO; sons: Wade Davis of Ashby, MN, and Wyatt (Cindy) Davis of Twin Brooks, SD; nine grandchildren: Kimberly (Rob) Byrne, Kristina Reiners, Chad Oehler, Dustin Oehler, Matthew Davis, Joshua Davis, Kayla (Chris) Borchardt, Alesia (Jon) Christensen, and Clinton (Melissa) Davis; twelve great-grandchildren: Brianna Reiners, Aaron Oehler, Aric Oehler, Austin Oehler, Cole Martens, Cade Martens, Brayden Christensen, Grant Christensen, Darby Bullock, Connor Borchardt, Brody Byrne, and Byren Davis; sister, Carolyn Schultz of Saugus, CA; and several nieces and nephews.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Edith Jane Davis on April 18, 2016; and granddaughter, Tina Marie Oehler.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to It Only Takes a Spark Cancer Walk, PO Box 105, Milbank, SD 57252.