A Mass of Christian Burial for Howard E. Davis of Lexington, KY, formerly of Monroe City, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 28, 2013, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Monroe City. The Mass will be celebrated by Bishop John R. Gaydos. The rosary will be recited by the Daughters of Isabella at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday at Yager-Kendrick Funeral Home in Monroe City and a visitation will follow from 5-8 p.m. A Scripture Service will be held at 8 p.m.
Fortified with the Sacrament of the Sick, Howard died on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013 in the presence of his wife at his Kentucky home.
Howard Eugene Davis was born to Ira and Opal Davis in their Monroe City family home on Feb. 3, 1939. Howard attended Holy Rosary School and graduated with the class of 1957. He also attended David Rankin Trade School in St. Louis.
Mr. Davis is survived by his wife and best friend, Mary Jo. He and Mary Jo Craighead were joined in the Sacrament of Marriage at Holy Innocents Church in St. Louis on August 28, 1965. Surviving also are two treasured daughters and their husbands, Laura (Jose) Zamora of Weslaco, TX and Lisa (Jim) Story of Cape Coral, FL. Howard left nine grandchildren, who lovingly called him “Poppy”. They are Renee, Ezekiel and Cara Zamora and Sean, Mariah, Hannah, Carson, Amelia and Lila Kate Story.
Other survivors are his siblings: Kathylin Fields of Paris; Thomas (Marilyn) Davis of Troy; Carl (Nancy) Davis of Tallahassee, FL; Delores Davis of Bowling Green; and Donald (Mary) Davis of Monroe City; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Howard was active in Holy Rosary Parish in Monroe City until moving to Lexington, KY. He served on the Holy Rosary Parish Council and Holy Rosary School Board, as well as being a member of the Knights of Columbus. On May 12, 1979, Howard was ordained a Deacon in the Diocese of Jefferson City, MO.
Mr. Davis served on the Monroe City Fire Department for 24 years, which included serving as Assistant Fire Chief. He also served on the Monroe City Sheltered Workshop Board.
Howard was an employee of Diemakers Incorporated (DMI) for 34 years. Through the DMI program, he learned the tool and diemaking trade. Later, he became the Director of Quality Control and Manager of Marketing and Sales, while opening the Regional Office in Lexington, KY in 1990.
Memorial donations may be made to Holy Rosary Church or Holy Rosary School. Both may be sent in care of Yager-Kendrick Funeral Home, 545 Stoddard St., Monroe City, MO 63456.
Condolences at www.yagerkendrickfh.com