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Richard E. Davison

Richard Edwin Davison passed away on January 29, 2015. He was born on December 24, 1934 to Harlan and Hilda (Mendenhall) Davison on a farm west of Hopkins, Missouri. He married Carole Kay Cross on Easter, April 21, 1957 at the Wray Memorial Methodist Church in Hopkins. To this union, four children were born - Diana, Brenda, Rodney and Robert.

Richard grew up on the farm and learned to do chores at a young age. He said he would sit on a lone seat, getting horses, Jen and Jute, to the field. If he fell asleep, they would wait at the end of a field for him to wake up and tell them which way to go.

He attended a one-room school house through 8th grade and then went on to Hopkins High School. During his junior year, his father was injured in a farm accident and Richard had to take over farming, being the oldest child. He couldn't keep up with farming and school so he stayed home to keep the farm going.

He entered the Army reserves in September, 1957 at Fort Lenard Wood, Missouri and spent six years in active duty until he was honorably discharged.

In the mid-1960's, he entered his first tractor pull and won. He won many championships through the years. He gave it up for a while, but he re-purchased his pulling tractor and began pulling again with his sons. Then he turned it over to Rodney and Robert because he didn't like the new rules of wearing a helmet, fire suit and roll cage.

The family moved to Maloy, Iowa from Hopkins in 1968. He was a steward of the land, and his passion was to do a lot of grain farming, being one of the first to contour farm. Soon, he had farmers wanting him to farm their land, so he did. Carole would have a lunch in the field with the kids and then grandkids and they would pile in the combine and ride with him. Life took a turn on him, so he had to step down a few years ago and turn the farming over to Robert.

Richard loaded the family up in the camper in the summers to see the country, but mostly traveling to the mountains and Canada. He and Carole began snowmobiling in the 1970's and went to Yellowstone for 36 winters. His kids all got to go at least once, as well as grandsons, Chad and Michael, and son-in-law, David and daughter-in-law Julie.

He served on the Maloy City Council for many years and was a member of several tractor pulling associations.

Richard is remembered for his infectious smile, love of International equipment, Ford verhicles and successful farming. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Carole of 57 years; his children Diana (David) Pedersen of Maryville, MO, Brenda (Jim) Jorgensen of Norwalk, IA, Rodney (Darla) Davison of Cosby, MO and Robert (Julie) Davison of Maloy, IA; eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren; siblings Jack (Phillis) Davison of Macon, MO, Sharon (Sherrill) Swink of Udall, KS, Sue Dallas of St. Joseph, MO, Larry (Pam) Davison of Hopkins, MO, Terry (Marsha) Davison of Hopkins, MO, Joe (Lois) Hodge of Bedford, IA, Carl (BJ) Hodge of Maryville, MO; sisters-in-law Joyce Davison of Maryville, MO and Janice (John) O'Riley of Hopkins, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law Geral and Thelma Cross; his brother Kenneth Davison; his nephew Michael Hodge; and his step-mother Helen.

Memorials are to the Alzheimer's Foundation and HCI Care Services of Mount Ayr.

  • Open Viewing

    February 01, 2015
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    February 01, 2015
    2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    February 02, 2015
    10:00 AM

    United Baptist Presbyterian Church

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Monday February 02 2015

    Hopkins Cemetery

    Hopkins, MO

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Carol, thinking of you and the family at this one-year anniversary of Richard''s passing. So thankful you are so strong and have the blessings and grace of Jesus in your lives. We continue to cherish the memories of our times together with you and Jay and Marilyn. Hugs and prayers for you. Don & Edie

Posted by Don & Edie Hensley - Kansas City, MO - Friend   January 30, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

We will be thinking about you tomorrow on the anniversary of Richards death. We have our memories to hold onto as you do to! Hope all your family is doing ok. If ever in Clarinda stop by would love to see you. Love Jr. & Judy McCall

Posted by Junior & Judy McCall - Clarinda, IA - Friend   January 28, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I have great memories of our teenage years when we drove around Hopkins, Maryville and then went to Richards cousins and watch wrestling on TV on Saturday nights. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Prays for the family. Roger

Posted by Roger Sierp - Maryville, MO   February 03, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear Davison Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of Richard. What a sad time for you and for all of us who knew him. We have many wonderful memories of our times together through the years--visits and meals at your home, tractor pulls, our vacation in Hawaii, and the list could go on and on. We remember how Richard cherished his family and was so proud of his children and grandchildren.

Richard was a kind and caring guy and his passing leaves such a void in your lives and those of friends too. So sorry Richard experienced failing health for the last few years and I know it was difficult for you to go through that with him.

May God Bless and Keep You Close to Him in this Sad Time. Don & Edie

Posted by Don & Edie Hensley - Kansas City, MO - Friend   February 02, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Robert and Julie. So sorry for your loss of your loved one. Just to let you know we are thinking of you guys and keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. God bless each of you.

Posted by Jo Ann and Donnie Pollock - Mount Ayr, IA - Friend   February 02, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Carole and family, We were so sorry to hear about Richard but know he is in a better place and no more suffering. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Cherish all the memories of all the fun and good times help sustain you now and in the days ahead.. We and our families had many good times together in our Maloy era.

Posted by Betty and Ronald Conley - Mount Ayr, IA - Friends   February 01, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

One could not have a better friend or neighber than Richard. I will miss my old friend.

Posted by Steve Swank - Maloy, IA - Neighbor   January 31, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sending our love and sympathy.

Posted by Danny and Marla Moss - Richmond, TX - Inlaws to Ashley Pedersen Moss   January 31, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Carol,Diana,Brenda,Rodney,Robert & families
So sorry for your loss. Keep the memories you have made throughout the years close to help you get through the difficult days. I remember going to watch Richard tractor pull when I was younger and of course I remember him as one of the Maloy station loafers (although I''m not sure he loafed very much) Just know he is in a great place now and will be with you always.

Posted by Colleen & Ed Minnick - Kellerton, IA   January 31, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Peace and remember your precious memories. Richard was sure a nice man and will be missed. Prayers for all the family in this loss.

Posted by Shirley and Dave - Mt Ayr, IA - Friends   January 31, 2015

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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