Lawrence D. Davis (Larry)

Lawrence D. (Larry) Davis

Lawrence D. (Larry) Davis, 76, of Buffalo, who passed away on Friday, May 25, 2007, at the VA Medical Center in Sheridan was born on September 22, 1930, in Ontario, Wisconsin, to Vernon and Florence (Gardner) Davis. He attended country school in Walrath, Wisconsin, and high school in Glen Flora, Wisconsin. He also attended Southern Oregon State College in Ashland.

Larry joined the Navy in 1947, and in 1952, he married Rose Marie Stevens in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. They were divorced in 1972. In 1952 he moved to Oregon where he worked in sawmills, including KOGAP. In 1964, he went to SE Alaska and worked in the logging camps, and he returned to Oregon in 1968. In 1975, Larry went to Alaska and worked on the Trans-Alaska pipeline as a labor foreman until 1978. He moved to Sheridan in 1978 and worked in construction . In 1982, he returned to Alaska and worked in construction, eventually forming his own construction and snow removal company. After suffering a heart attack, he retired to Oregon and joined a writing group and eventually published a book of his adventures in Alaska in the early 1960s. He returned to Sheridan in 2006.

During most of his life, especially during his time in Wyoming, Larry was an avid hunter and fisherman. On his return to Alaska, he became a passionate fisherman and spent countless hours and days on the Little Su (Susitna) River. He was an inveterate card player and always a reader and a story teller. He became a writer after retirement.

Larry is survived by his two sons, Vernon Davis of Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Forrest Davis of Talent, Oregon and his sisters; Rosemary Rathsack of Junction City, Oregon; Dolores Novack of Princeton, Wisconsin; Margaret Call of Brigham City, Utah; and Sharon Schultz of Florence, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carolyn Porter.

Larry will be remembered for his sense of humor, friendly, but outspoken nature, strength and toughness, and willingness to help others.

Cremation has taken place at this time, and memorial services to be announced later. Kane Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff, especially the nurses, at the VA Medical Center of Sheridan.

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