Charles Russell Edward Davis, 100, died on Jan. 14 at Harney District Hospital.

Charles was born on May 3, 1912, in Middleton, Idaho, to Fred and Mary Davis.

Charles was married to Gladys Benson on Sept. 29, 1933, in Caldwell, Idaho.  Gladys died in June 2009. They were married 76 years.

In the early years of their marriage, they lived in Seneca, where Charles worked in the logging / lumber industry.  Their first daughter, Ladora, was born during this time.  In 1973, Charles joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was stationed at a camp in Northern Idaho.  As this was a voluntary corps, he only stayed three months, but had many good memories of that time.

After the Owhyee Dam was built in Malheur County in 1932, land for irrigation became available in the ensuing years, and Charles and Gladys obtained 40 acres of land under the Homestead Act.  Their second daughter, Charlotte, was born, and a basement house was built.  Charles and Gladys cleared the land of sagebrush and farmed for six years (using workhorses) raising potatoes, onion seed and alfalfa.  It was a family farm for family living.  They referred to these years as “The Project.”

In 1944, Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and Gladys and their two girls moved to Nampa, Idaho.  The farm was sold to a neighbor, and the basement house was never lived in again.  Charles served in the Pacific Theatre in 1944-45 and served for the duration of World War II.

Upon being honorably discharged from the military in 1945, Charles returned home to his family living in Nampa, Idaho, and for the next five years was apprenticed with his father working together as carpenters.  He built their second home, and their third daughter, Lynette, was born.

In 1950, the family moved to Burns.  Charles went to work at Edward Hines Lumber Company and built their home in Hines, where they resided for 50 years before selling and moving to an apartment.  Charles retired from Edward Hines Lumber Company in May of 1975, after 25 years.

Charles was a member of the Oregon National Guard at the Burns Armory, serving as a cook in the early 50s.  He was also a member of the American Legion for many years.  Charles was a devoted husband and family man who loved the outdoors and enjoyed many years of gardening with Gladys.  He was a farmer at heart, and both he and Gladys shared an enthusiastic and energetic nature for growing things.

Charles is survived by his daughters, Ladora Butler and Charlotte Hetherington of Boise, Idaho, and Lynette Davis of Central Point; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, five brothers, two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial and graveside service will take place in the spring.  Contributions in Charles Davis’ memory can be made to Harney  County EMS or Home Health in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

A guest book may be signed and condolences to the family may be left online at: www.lafolletteschapel.com


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