Kenneth James Davis, 85, of Parkville, Missouri passed away peacefully on June 6, 2015, with his daughter by his side. He was born January 3, 1930 in Kansas City, Missouri to Flora and Harry Davis. He grew up in Archie, Missouri. His mother moved the family to Parsons, Kansas after his father died when Ken was 10-years-old.
Ken is a 1948 graduate of Parsons, Kansas high school. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1956. He was the first in his family to attend college.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Colleen; his son Matt; brothers Gene, Elmer, Donald and Glenn; sister Wanda and his parents. Survivors include his daughter, Laura Davis of Parkville, Missouri; brother, Allen Davis of Gig Harbor, Washington; several nieces and nephews, including Mike, David and Pat Abel, Charlotte Davis, Linda Anderson, Donna and Nancy Davis.
“Kenny” as he was known by his family, attended Boy’s State in Wichita, Kansas. He began working for K&T Railroad in Parsons when he was 15-years-old. He was a high school and college football player, playing for a short time for the MU Tigers.
He proudly served our country in the Korean War as a US Army Corporal in the 930th Ordinance Ammunitions Company, the same company in which he and his brothers Donald and Glenn gave 17 months of overseas service.
Ken spent most of his professional career as a credit manager and assistant controller, working for Phillips Petroleum Company, William C. Haas Real Estate Management Company and Select Brands Wholesale Distributing Company. He was a real estate agent for Eugene D. Brown Realtors, receiving distinction in the “Million Dollar Club.” He also worked as a security supervisor for the Jones Store Company in downtown Kansas City, and for the Internal Revenue Service in Kansas City, finally retiring at age 77.
He was elected to two terms on the Park Hill School Board in the 1970s, serving as president, vice-president and treasurer. He was a long-time member of Park Hill Christian Church, active for many years as head of the education and membership departments, and co-sponsor of the junior high youth group. He was a little league baseball coach for many years in the Kansas City Northland. Ken was a devoted husband and loving father. He was a family man who always put family first and always stepped to the plate to do the right thing.
A memorial service celebrating Ken’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Park Hill Christian Church, 6601 N.W. 72nd St. Kansas City, MO 64151. A committal service will follow at Terrace Park Cemetery. The Meyers Northland Chapel has been entrusted with the final arrangements. Donations may be made in his name to the Park Hill Education Foundation, 7703 NW Barry Rd. Kansas City, MO 64153.