In Loving Memory …

Dennis Ray Davis

Dennis Ray Davis, 84, of Sedalia, passed away Monday, March 13, 2023, at Bothwell Regional Health Center.

He was born April 30, 1938, in Sedalia, MO, a son of Harley and Georgia (Swearingen) Davis. On October 25, 1959, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sedalia, he married the love of his life Erma Lee Brockschmidt, who preceded him in death on January 16, 2023.

Dennis was baptized and confirmed on December 20, 1959, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sedalia by Rev. Walter Strickert. Dennis was a 1956 graduate of Smith-Cotton High School and was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sedalia, where he had served as Trustee and Elder. In his working years he had worked for Town and Country Shoes and then worked with his father Harley at HD Davis Painting and Son. Dennis took over the business from his father until his retirement. In his younger years he taught Archery with 4-H and enjoyed hunting and camping. He also liked woodworking, tinkering around the house, and going fishing any chance he could. Dennis’ greatest joys were his family especially the time he spent with his wife Erma going to anything their grandchildren were playing.

Survivors include one daughter, Deborah Wilken (Charles) of Gravette, AR; one son, Steven Davis (Kim) of Sedalia, MO; six grandchildren, Sarah Formen (Chris), Christopher Wilken (Jeana), Brian Conner, Rachel Walters (Joseph), Aaron Anderson, and Ryan Anderson; eight great-grandchildren, Jackson, Conner, Caleb, Arthur, Ashlynn, Brody, Devyn, and Kaija; one sister-in-law, Nancy Davis.

Dennis was preceded in death by both of his parents, his wife Erma of 63 years; one granddaughter, Stephanie Conner, two siblings, Charles Davis, and Elverta “Bert” Engler.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until service time at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sedalia on Thursday, March 23, 2023. Memorial services will be held on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the church with Pastor Jeremy Freeman officiating. Inurnment for Dennis and Erma will be immediately following the memorial service at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or the Bothwell Regional Health Center Foundation Cardiac Fund. Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home in Sedalia, MO.


8 Responses

  1. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family especially Steve and Sarah and families. We only have very fond memories of Dennis and Erma. They were very special people and will be missed for sure. Please know you are in our prayers during this very difficult time.

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Steve your parents were a very special pair that share there love with everyone they knew and will be missed. take heart in knowing they are together.

  3. Didn’t personally know your dad,but must have been a great man to raise such a good son. Sorry as we can be Steve,life goes on,keep the faith ❤️👍👍

  4. Steve and Kim: So saddened to hear this news. I know he was missing his wife, though. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all!

  5. Our condolences to Steve and Sarah and their families. We thought a great deal of Dennis and Erma Lee and will miss them. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. May God comfort you at this time. Losing both parents in a short period of time must be very difficult. Your in my prayers.

  7. Steve and Family,
    I imagine your Dad with his beautiful wife smiling. I am sending my love and letting you know what an honor it was to be apart of meeting this man. The morning before his passing I gave him a hug and held his hand and wrote on the white board because he could never hear me. I wrote that I would be thinking of him and praying for him. I came to the desk and had a little cry. I have a cry happy tears in knowing I can image him doing all the things he loves again in his paradise. This won’t be easy. I pray God hold your in the hours of sorrow and lift you up with wonderful memories that ease the heart and mind. Sending my love and hugs. Nurse Kayla

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