Robert Earl Davis, my dad, went to be with the Lord on Monday afternoon at around 1:05PM. He was 75 years old. I was blessed by God to be able to spend one last evening alone with him at the hospital as he clung to life, making sure he got the care and attention he needed.
He is survived by his wife Lilian, sons Robert Russell Davis of Mesa, Arizona; Ronald Earl Davis of Springfield, Missouri; Robert Earl Davis II of Chillicothe, Missouri, and myself (Richard Eugene Davis) of Marceline, Missouri.
Graveside services will be held at Resthaven Cemetery in Chillicothe on Thursday, June 30, 2005, at 10AM; there is no family visitation. However, friends can stop by Lindley Funeral Home on Wednesday the 29th and sign the guestbook.
As a short bio: Dad served in the U.S. Army for many years, and was the National Guard recruiter for the Chillicothe area, as well as a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was also a member of the National Guard, VFW, American Legion, and the Civil Air Patrol.
Even though he sometimes seemed to be a hard-edged, unloving father, there was an emotional side of him that I was able to view on Sunday evening; and that was of a frail, scared, and lonely soul who in the end confessed to knowing and accepting Jesus as his Lord and personal Savior.
And for that, I am eternally thankful and grateful.
I will miss my dad more than words can say; but I know that, one day, we will be reunited with our Father in Heaven and spend forever with Him and ALL of our loved ones.