Dale Melvin Davies

Nov. 24, 1925 – Aug. 20, 2019

READING — Dale Melvin Davies died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at his home in Reading. He was 93.

He was born Nov. 24, 1925, at Emporia, the son of Jacob Charles and Olive Jernigan Davies. He began attending Reading United Methodist Church as a child and continued throughout his life. He attended Reading High School and graduated with the class of 1943.

Following high school, he attended Kansas State University where he was a member of the Farmhouse Fraternity. He and his brother, Clint, alternated between attending the university and working the family farm with their father until both earned college degrees.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in agriculture in 1953. He entered the U.S. Army and proudly served during the Korean War. He received an honorable discharge and returned to Kansas taking a position with Abilene Extension Office. His love of home and family brought him back to Reading in the late 1950’s where he intended to carry on the family farming operation with his father and brothers.

A short time after returning home he was approached by Ben Price Sr. and offered a position at Reading State Bank as cashier. He would go on to manage the bank for the Price family and eventually was offered the opportunity to purchase the bank. In the summer of 2000, after 35 years of service, he sold the bank and entered retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, J. Clinton Davies; and an infant sister, Marion Irene Davies.

Besides his wife of 44 years, he will live on in the hearts of two daughters, Dawn Mae Schoepflin and husband, Bruce, Osage City, and Dorene Mae Davies, Olathe; a brother, Brian E. Davies, Osage City; four grandchildren; numerous extended family and a host of friends..

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at Reading United Methodist Church. Burial will follow services, along side of his parents, at Reading Cemetery. The family will greet friends an hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Reading United Methodist Church and sent in care of Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home, P.O. Box 43, Lebo, KS 66856.

Condolences may be expressed at vanarsdalefs.com.

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