Charles R Davis

Born: Fri., May 3, 1912
Died: Mon., Jan. 14, 2013


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Charles Russell Edward Davis, 100 died on January 14, 2013 at Harney District Hospital.

Charles Davis was born on May 3, 1912 in Middleton, Idaho to parents Fred and Mary Davis.  Charles was married to Gladys Benson on September 29, 1933 in Cladwell, Idaho.  Gladys died June 2009.  They were married 76 years.

In the early years of their marriage they lived in Senceca, Oregon where Charles worked in the logging/lumber industry.  Their first daughter Ladora was born during this time.  In 1973 Charles joined the (CCC) Civillian Conservation and was stationed at a camp in Northern Idaho.  As this was a voluntary corps, he only stayed 3 months, but had many good memories of that time.

After the Owhyee Dam was built in Malheur Co. Oregon in 1932, land for irrigation became available in the ensuring years and Charles and Gladys obtained 40 acres of land under the Homestead Act.  Their second daughter Charlotte was born, and a basement house was built.  Charles and Gladys cleared the land of sagebrush and farmed for six years (using workhorses) raising potatoes, onion seed and alfalfa.  It was a family farm for family living.  They referred to these years as "The Project".

In 1944 Charles enlisted in the US Navy and Gladys and their two girls moved to Nampa, Idaho.  The farm was sold to a neighbor and the basement house was never lived in again.  Charles severed in the Pacific Theatre in 1944-45 and served for the duration of WWII.

Upon being honorably discharged from the military in 1945, Charles returned home to his family living in Nampa, Idaho and for the next five years was apprenticed with his father working together as carpenters.  He built their second home and their third daughter Lynette was born.

In 1950 the family moved to Burns, Oregon.  Charles went to work at Edward Hines Lumber Company and built their home in Hines, Oregon where they resided for 50 years before selling and moving to an apartment.  Charles retired from Edward Hines Lumber Company May of 1975 after 25 years.

He was a member of the Oregon National Guard at the Burns Armory serving as a cook in the early 50's.  He was also a member of the American Legion for many years.  Charles was a devoted husband and family man who loved the outdoors and enjoyed many years of gardening with Gladys.  He was a farmer at heart and both he and Gladys shared an enthusiastic and energetic nature for growing things.

Charles is survived by three daughters: Ladora Butler and Charlotte Hetherington of Boise, and Lynette Davis of Central Point, Oregon; 5 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.  His parents, one sister and five brothers, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews have preceded him in death.

The family conveys their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to The Aspens for providing a loving home atmosphere; EMS and Dr. Johnston; the medical staff at the Harney District Hospital; and Shauna Hammon of the Department of Human Services for their endless compassionate care and help given to their father.

A Memorial and Graveside Services will take place in the Spring.  Contributions in Charles Davis' memory can be made to the Harney  County EMS or Home Health in care of LaFollette's Chape, PO Box 488; Burns, Oregon 97720.

Charitable donations may be made in Charles's memory to the following organization:

Harney County EMS

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