The Onaga Herald
July 9, 1936 -
Delmer E. Davis, son of Lyman Alonzo and Sylvia Anne Davis, was born near Kelly, Kansas, August 30, 1875. He grew to manhood in Nemaha county. He received his education at Maple Shade school. He was married Nov. 29, 1900, to Anna Pearl Wright. They were the parents of sixteen children. Most of their life together was spent in Nemaha county. Five years they lived in Pottawatomie county. Two years ago they moved to Circleville, residing just previously at Bern and Holton.
Returning from a short visit in western Kansas, and in consequence of an automobile accident, Mr. Davis passed away at Larned, Kansas, June 29th, 1936. He is survived by Mrs. Davis of Circleville and by fifteen children, one son, Elver Raymond, having preceded his father in death. The others are Edna, now Mrs. Harry Naylor of Reidsville, Ga.; Dallas of Kittery, Maine; Ethel, now Mrs. Forest Fryberger of Onaga; Irma, now Mrs. Ivan Blanka of Topeka; Helen, now Mrs. Zeno Miller of Bern; Maude, now Mrs. Walter Gabbert of Goff; Myron of Kittery, Maine; Ellis of Circleville; Mamie, now Mrs. Theodore Brien of Bern; Elva, Gaynelle, LaVere, Willa Mae, Dell,Jr., and Donna Lee of the home, Circleville. There are nine grandchildren, also a sister and two brothers: Mrs. Alice Calder and W.E. and H.G. Davis of Bancroft neighborhood.
Mr. Davis was a good, neighborly, generous spirited man, a most devoted husband and father. He became a Christian a number of years ago, uniting with the Methodist church. The funeral service was conducted July 3rd in the Circleville auditorium, there being a large attendance. Burial was at Goff. Rev. Wm. Mayfield, with Rev. Grant Hamm assisting, was in charge of the service. The singers were Misses Nola Marie Johnson, Mary Jane Ash, Pattie Pool, Mrs. Harve Kaufmann, Messrs. Arthur and Orville Gatewood, Floyd Pool and Clair West. Miss Virgina Johnson was accompanist. The flower bearers were Misses Charlene Deck, Grace Schafer, Dorothy Biggart, and Mrs. Clark Barnes. The casket bearers were Messrs. Forest Fryberger, Ivan Blanka, Zeno Miller, Walter Gabbert, and Theodore Brien, sons-in-law and Mr. Willard Horton, of Holton. Mrs. Harry Naylor of Georgia was the only one of the fifteen living children unable to be present.