John Carl “Johnny” Davis passed away at the age of 89 on November 24th, 2019 at Shepherd of the Valley Care Center from Alzheimer’s.
He was the sixth child born to Carl Davis and Mamie Elizabeth (Douglass) Davis in Broughton, Illinois.
He was raised on a farm that had been in the family for over a hundred years. Many stories were told by John about his life on the farm.
He attended schools in Broughton, Harrisburg, Illinois, and McLeansboro, Illinois, graduating from High School in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1948.
John entered the United States Army in 1948 stationing in Korea. He was honorably discharged and then returned home to start his career in the Oilfield. He started working the rigs in Southern Illinois, moving to Texas, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico; working his way up to store manager in several states working for Armco National Supply. He worked in the Oil and Gas industry for a total of 38 years, and retired from Armco in Casper, Wyoming. After retiring, June and John relocated to Illinois. John bought a hog farm with his son, Robert - and after selling the farm, June and John left Illinois in a Motorhome and were able to see a lot of places. They settled in Phoenix for 20 years before moving back to Casper in 2014 to be with Family.
“Johnny” as he was known in the Oil Field was well liked a respected - a group of oil field guys had a table at the Ramada Inn where they met every morning for coffee to discuss who was doing what.
John loved to hunt, fish, camp, play cards, and enjoy a drink of whisky with his buddies. But the game of golf was what he loved- He played throughout the years in many places. He was a member of the Petroleum Club and City Golf Course.
In 1970, John met June Sterner “June Bug”, the love of his life and in 1974 they got married.
John has two boys, Carl Edwin Davis of Casper, Wyoming and Robert Skosh Davis, of Courd’alene, Idaho from a former marriage. Grandkids: Laurie (Jeff) Hallums of Phoenix, Arizona, Carter Davis (Katrina) of Casper, Wyoming. Great-grandkids: Maddox Hallums, Tanner Halloms, of Phoenix, Arizona; Hunter Davis, Ryker Davis, Bridger Davis of Casper, Wyoming.
June brought three children into the marriage-Deborah Kay “Sterner” Shaffer, Daniel Lee Sterner, and Donna Rae “Sterner” Davis. Donna took John’s last name, and named her “Boogie” and it has stuck ever since. Grandchildren: Brian (Beth) Moser, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Kara Moser, of Casper, and Kristi Moser, of Casper. Great-grandchildren: Trevor (Alyssa) Smith, Brittany Moser, Johnathan Moser, Shane Moser, Austen and Ashley Moser. Great-great grandchildren, Trevor Jordan “T.J.” Smith and Brentley Smith.
Special Nieces, Susan (Pete) LaValley and their children - we had many Thanksgiving at their home in Phoenix, Arizona, and Niece, Donna and Larry Knudson - you are an angel in our lives.
He is survived by his sister, Virginia Hibdon, 98, of Phoenix, Arizona.
In additional to John’s parents, he was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Elizabeth Busler, Kathryn Beshears, Grace Pflaum, Brother James H. Davis, and grandson, Robert “Brandon” Davis, son of Robert Skosh Davis.
There will be a graveside service in Broughton, Illinois at Hickory Hill, along with military honor service provided by Grandson Carter Davis of Casper presenting the United States Flag this summer 2020. He will be laid to rest in the family plot with his grandson, Robert “Brandon” Davis.
John will be missed for his kindness and smile, and his twinkling blue eyes, he took care of all his family and our love goes with him, until we meet again.
The family wants to extend their sincere thanks to Central Wyoming Hospice for their care and kindness. Also, the family expresses their sincere gratitude to the staff of Shepherd of the Valley - from the administrative department to the kitchen staff and to the Nursing care team.
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