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Merrill L. Davis

August 10, 1927 — December 20, 2023

Moline, Illinois

Rest easy Dad, your work on Earth is done.

On Wednesday, December 20th, Merrill Davis, 96, was called home to join his beloved wife Carol Jeanne, in the place God prepared for him.

Born to this earth on August 10, 1927, in Ottumwa Iowa to Harold and Margaret Davis, Merrill was the youngest of two sons and grew up to attend Iowa Wesleyan University. He served as a paratrooper during World War II. After returning from the war, he began working for Deere & Co. for 36 years until his retirement, when he started M. Davis Inc., a manufacturers’ representative business, now run by son-in-law, Steve, and grandson, Tom.

Merrill was a generous and loving son, husband, father and grandfather. His dedication to his children and love for his family was simply unmatched by anyone other than his beautiful wife. As a husband, he was fiercely devoted to the love of his life, Carol, throughout their 62 years of marriage. They were inseparable until her death in 2018. He missed her and mourned her loss until his last breath.

Throughout his 96 years, Merrill took the opportunities he saw, to enjoy life fully.  He loved flying, traveling, shooting, boating and more.  He was blessed with longtime dear friends and wonderful newer friendships. Merrill was extremely proud of his service in the U.S. Army. He served with the 11th Airborne Division in the Asia-Pacific Arena. Our family was truly blessed to have had such a wonderful and loving patriarch and hero.

Merrill leaves behind, to forever share his memory, daughters Cindy Davis of Colorado, and Dori (Steven) Wauer of Bettendorf, Iowa; grandchildren, Tom (fiancé Andrea Deering) Wauer of Camanche, Iowa, and Rachael (AJ) Ash of Waukee, Iowa. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Margaret Davis; brother, Max Davis; and his beloved wife, Carol Jeanne Davis.

Saturday morning, December 30, at 10:00 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial with family and close friends will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church, immediately followed by burial at Moline Memorial Park.  The family will greet friends at a funeral luncheon from Noon until 1:30 p.m. at CityView Celebrations at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th Street, Moline.  Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Funeral Luncheon

Saturday, December 30, 2023

12:00 - 1:30 pm (Central time)

CityView Room at Trimble Pointe (Lower Level)

701 12th Street, Moline, IL 61265

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