SALEM Walter Ike Davis, 80, of Hermiston died Thursday, July 29, 2010, in a Salem hospital. An informal memorial gathering will be held between 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 at the VFW Hall, 45 W. Cherry Ave., in Hermiston. All family and friends are invited to share stories, pictures and refreshments. Disposition was by cremation.
Mr. Davis was born March 16, 1930, in Maupin. When he was very small his family moved from Tygh Valley to Umatilla. He went to school in Umatilla and Spangle, Wash. The family home and farm was on the Columbia River at the site of the parks at McNary Dam. From there the family relocated on Butter Creek, and he helped his dad on the ranch. In 1949 he married Elva Ilene Colcord in Hermiston. They had four children.
He worked at Ordnance and was a timber faller, farmer, commercial fisherman in Alaska and maintenance man for Pendleton Grain Growers at Feedville for many years. For almost 20 years he and Ilene owned and operated (driving as a team) their own semi trucks, traveling the United States and Canada.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ilene Davis of Hermiston; sons Fred L. Davis of Ashton, Idaho, Anthony Tony L. Davis of Irrigon and William Bill L. Davis of Hermiston; daughter Susan L. Parrish of Rathdrum, Idaho; sisters Faye Moses of Hermiston, Dorene Russell of Irrigon and Shirley Harvey of Fernwood, Idaho; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Teresa Davis; brother Vern Davis; sisters Alice Blahm and Hazel Murphy; and grandson Tommy Lee Davis. His sister Dorene died a month after his death.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimers Association, Oregon Health & Science University, 3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Parkway, Portland, OR 97239-3098.
Burns Mortuary of?Hermiston is in charge of arrangements. Sign the condolence book at www.burnsmortuaryhermiston.com.