- January 1, 1929 - April 14, 2006
- Appleton, Wisconsin
of Roy's Passing
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“I ran cross country with "Coach" from 1978 to 1981. This was a selfless man who spent so much time with us, traveling and giving us advice, taking...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Mark Kohls '82 - Green Bay, WI
“I shared my younger years around the Davis family and for that I am a better person.
2 of 12 | Posted by: Brian Boya - Indian Lake, NY
“Your husband and father will be missed greatly. He was a great man and always enjoyable and interesting to be around. I will always cherish the 4th...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Jim and Tammy Landon - Milwaukee, WI
“Wonderful guy, wonderful family. I have nothing but fond memories of both. Very sorry to hear about his passing. My prayers are with the entire Davis...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: John Boya - Indian Lake, NY
“My deepest sympathy for your loss. Coach was an important figure for me during my 4 years at Lawrence when I was reducing ties with my family and...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Terry Nilles - Milwaukee, WI
“Our condolences to the family of Gene Davis. It seems he touched alot of people in a very special way. We're sorry we did not have the opportunity...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Jeff and Mary Thielke - Las Vegas, NV
“We are so sorry to hear about your loss. You are in our thoughts.
7 of 12 | Posted by: The Campbell Family - WI
“Gene was my coach for 4 years, but, more importantly, was my good friend for the 29 years that followed.
I will miss seeing him, greatly, whenever I...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: John Chandler - Milwaukee, WI
“I was so sorry to here about Coach Davis. He was a great coach, and a great person. You have my deepest sympathy.
I ran Cross Country and Track...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Todd Hausmann - St. Paul, MN
“As an LU football and wrestling alumnus, I was never coached by Coach Davis, but instead knew him as one of the most genuinely nice people within the...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Greg Linnemanstons - Appleton, WI
“From the time I first came to the Lawrence community in 1991 up until the 50 Years of Swimming Reunion in February, I have not known a more...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Kurt - Brillion, WI
“Having grown up and swum with Coach's children, it seemed as though little time had passed when Coach's was one of the first faces I saw as a...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Thomas Boya Quill - Los Angeles, CA
Davis, Roy E. 'Gene'
Roy E. 'Gene' Davis, age 77, of Appleton, died Friday morning, April 14, 2006, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born January 1, 1929, to the late Roy F. and Pearl Bailey Davis, in Monroe, WI and had been an Appleton resident since 1956. Gene served with the U. S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict and married his childhood sweetheart, Margaret Ann Share on August 22, 1953, in Monroe. Gene graduated from the University of Wisconsin ' LaCrosse, where he was a three-sport athlete and received his master's degree from Ohio State where he interned under Woody Hayes. Gene began his teaching and coaching career at Cuba City High School in 1956 and then continued coaching and teaching at Lawrence University from 1956 until his retirement in 1991. He was one of the first people to be inducted into the Lawrence University Hall of Fame in 1996. Gene and Ade Dillon initiated the Lawrence Swim Club, one of the first clubs of its kind in the area. While at Lawrence he coached his sons, John and Jerry, his daughter, Jane Davis DeVries assisted him in coaching the Women's Swim Team for ten years, his son, Jim, has carried on the coaching tradition as coach of the boys and girls swimming team at Whitefish Bay High School, and his son, Joe carried on the military tradition by serving in the U. S. Army National Guard for 6 years and the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for 15 years. Gene was an avid handball and racquetball player and was a member of the Appleton Kiwanis. Survivors include his wife, Ann Davis; his children, John Beth Davis, Neenah; Jane Davis DeVries, Appleton; Jim Kathy Davis, Mequon; Joe Davis, Kimberly; Jerry Amy Davis, Verona; 10 grandchildren, whom he loved dearly Briana, Meaghan, Patrick, Jennifer, Kyle, Jake, Jon, Jordan, Grant and Parker; a brother, Ken Nancy Davis, Green Bay; a sister, Joan Bob Nelson, Kenosha; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Steffen and a brother, Gerry Davis. A memorial service for Gene will be held at 1:00 pm, April 28, 2006 at the Lawrence University Memorial Chapel. Friends and relatives will be received at the chapel from 11:00 am Friday, until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to The Gene Davis Scholarship Fund for Lawrence University Athletes, through the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region, Inc., P. O. Box 563, Appleton, WI 54912.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. John Swanson and Dr. Robert Belgam for the care they gave Gene.
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