Davis, Ivan

Written by David Green.

Ivan E. Davis 73, of Morenci, Mich., died Jan. 9, 2013, at Bixby Medical Center in Adrian, surrounded by his family.

He was born April 9, 1939, in Medina Township, Mich.,  the son of Cletus Edwin and Dorothy Mae (Kutzley) Davis. He married Sandy Blaker on Sept. 19, 1959, in Medina, Mich., and she survives.

Ivan was a lifelong farmer and Morenci area resident, graduating from Morenci High School in 1957. He was a sponsor and was involved in the A.A. program for more than 23 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors, and he dearly loved his wife, children, grandchildren and A.A. program friends.

In addition to his wife, Ivan is survived by three daughters, Ivy (and Ted) Hutchison of rural Hudson, Mich., Lisa (and Elphanso) Washington of Disputanta, Va., and Kandi Evers of Morenci; three sons, Jeff Davis (and Linda Cuellar), Chad (and Becky) Davis and Scott (and Melissa) Davis, all of Morenci; three sisters, Janet (and Richard) Tinney of Waldron, Cretta (and Ron) Ely of Waldron and Judy (and George) Walton of Adrian, Mich.; a brother in-law, John Keefer, of Morenci; 24 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Ivan was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Linda Keefer.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Medina Federated Church, with Rev. Howard Yatzek and nephews, Glenn and Stephen Flint, officiating. Burial will follow at Medina Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Hope House in Jonesville, Mich., or to Serenity House in Adrian.

Arrangements were through Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.

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