Melvin F. Davis Creston

Published: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 9:00 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 10:49 a.m. CDT

Melvin F. Davis, 86, of Creston died Sept. 19, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Memorial services were 10 a.m. today, Sept. 23, at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25. The Rev. Jerry White and the Rev. Tom Woodin officiated. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left at

Melvin Franklin Davis, son of Bertha Leona (Livengood) and Burton Reno Davis, was born April 3, 1927, in Pacific Junction.

Melvin graduated from Creston High School in 1945 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1946, stationed at Treasure Island in San Francisco, Calif.

On Oct. 5, 1947, Melvin married Betty Louise Burich at the Little Brown Church in Nashua.

Melvin was a longtime Creston resident, where he worked for Burlington Northern Railroad for 42 years as a conductor, retiring in April 1989.

Melvin was a member of the United Methodist Church, United Transportation Union, National Association of Retired Veterans Employees and Iowa Model Steam Engineers.

Melvin is survived by his wife Betty Davis of Creston; sons, Mark (wife Gayle) Davis of Rock Island, Ill., and Phil (wife Judy) Davis and Wayne (wife Joy) Davis, all of Creston; grandchildren, Angela (husband Erich) Vierkant of Kohler, Wis., Brad (wife Julie) Davis of Baltimore, Md., Liza Cox of Fort Worth, Texas, Jessie (husband Jared) Carter of Creston and Ben Davis and Anne (husband Kaj) O’Mara, all of Cedar Rapids; 11 great-grandchildren; brother-law Don Burich of Creston; several nieces and nephews.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents and sister Geraldine.

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