Roy Alan Davis, 67, died of natural causes on Jan. 9 at his home in Valier.
Funeral services were held Jan. 14 at Pondera Funeral Home. Burial with military honors followed in the Lakeview Cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
Roy was born March 23, 1945 in Conrad to Ray and Helen (Vermulm) Davis. His grandparents were Albert and Fannie (DeHan) Vermulm and Oliver Kenneth “O.K.” and Elizabeth (Paulie) Davis.
Roy was the oldest grandchild in both families. Roy’s dad, Ray, was from a family of 13, seven boys and six girls. His mom, Helen, was from a family of three girls. On Ray’s side, grandma Davis had 54 grandchildren and they have almost all remained in Montana. On Helen’s side, grandma Vermulm had 11 grandchildren, of this Helen had six children and they are all in Montana.
Roy was born in 1945. Bruce was born in 1947 and died in 1969 from injuries in a pickup accident. Marian was born in 1950 and Janice was born 1952. These four children were born while the family lived in Conrad. Helen and Ray bought a ranch on Blacktail Creek, east of Highway 89, in 1954. In 1960 Cindy was born and in 1963 Kevin was born.
Roy attended the Brownell School, Grandview School and Valier High School. He graduated in 1963. When Roy was 14 or 15 years old he received the Lord in Ray’s shop at the ranch. Roy shared this experience every opportunity he could. He was baptized in the Dupuyer Creek and became a true soldier in the Lord’s army.
Roy loved being a mechanic, his first vehicle was a Model A car that he would drive his siblings to school and back. The next car was a Studebaker that was always a discussion between Ray and Roy. In 1964 Swift Dam broke and the flood water took at least 3/4 of the ranch dwellings. He wasn’t home at the time but came home that winter to help build the house and barn.
Roy went to Bible School in Omaha, Nebr. He worked in a slaughter house to support himself. In 1966 Roy was drafted in the U.S. Army and was sent to Vietnam. He didn’t talk about his experiences in Vietnam, only to say that he spent a lot of time at the orphanage there and really had a soft spot in his heart for the children. When Roy came home he bought the Texaco station in Valier. This is where he made his home. Along with his passion for getting motors to run and work he had the love for the Lord. Roy lived a life without many worldly conveniences. When Roy wasn’t out witnessing for the Lord he was praying and spending time in the Lord’s word.
Roy loved the Lord and is safe in God’s hands. He was a loving son and a kind and honest man.
Survivors include his mother, Helen Davis, of Conrad; sisters, Marian (Larry) Tooley of Valier, Janice (Rick) Kruger of Glendive, and Cindy (Jay) Meiler of Ovando; a brother, Kevin Davis of Great Falls; five nephews and four nieces; aunts, uncles, and many cousins and friends.
Roy was preceded in death by his father, Raymond O. Davis in 2005; a brother, Bruce Davis in 1969; grandparents, Albert and Fannie Vermulm and O.K. and Elizabeth Davis; many aunts and uncles; and several cousins.