Gene E. Davis, 92, of Topeka, passed away on April 14, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born on a farm in Overbrook, Kansas on June 15, 1929, the son of Lloyd T. and Ina M. (Miller) Davis.
He served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1954. He was very patriotic.
Gene worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 33 years and retired in 1985 where he was the Postmaster of Chapman, Kansas for ten years.
He loved his family, the outdoors and tinkering in his garage. His family was always his highest priority and he looked forward to their annual two week vacation. Most weekends were spent, camping, fishing and water skiing at various lakes. For many years he farmed and had horses and Longhorn cattle. Gene played the guitar in various bands and in his band called the Country Tyme Band. He also volunteered at Nursing Homes throughout Topeka where he played his guitar for over fifty years.
Gene married Addeene E. Schlick in Westphalia, Kansas on June 26, 1952. She survives. He is also survived by his daughter Diane Davis and her husband Jim Trainor of Meriden, a brother John Davis of Sparta, Michigan, sister-in-law, Marjorie Rohr of Burlington, brothers-in-law William Schlick of Topeka and Glen (Maria) Schlick of Ocean City, Maryland, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Ronnie Gene Davis in infancy in 1953 and Mike Davis in 2018, and a sister-in-law Jodi Davis.
Gene will lie in state at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Friday, April 29th, from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Graveside services with military honors will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 2:00 P.M., at St. Teresa’s Catholic Cemetery at Westphalia, Kansas.
The family specifically requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Interim Hospice and sent in care of Brennan-Mathena Funeral Home, 800 SW 6th Ave., Topeka, Kansas 66603.
Online condolences and fond memories may be left at www.brennanmathenafh.com.