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Dean R. Davis

August 19, 1937 — September 17, 2015

Dean Richard Davis, the son of Frank Marion and Doris Lucille (Harlow) Davis, was born August 19, 1937, at his family’s home in Brooks, Iowa. Dean entered eternal rest on Thursday, September 17, 2015, at CHI Mercy Hospital in Corning, at the age of the age of 78 years, 29 days.
Dean graduated from Corning High School with the class of 1956. Dean was a member of the Iowa National Guard serving from 1959 to 1966. He was united in marriage to Dianne Smith on July 31, 1966, at the Corning United Methodist Church in Corning, Iowa. Two sons, Douglas and Daniel, were born to this blessed union. Dean and Dianne have made Corning their home their entire married life. Dean worked several jobs before he started managing the Turners Men’s Store for Austin Turner in 1962. In 1982, Dean became the Manager of the Corning Municipal Utilities until major health issues led to his retirement in 2000.
Dean was very active in the Corning community. He has been a Boys Little League President. He was a 50 year member of the Corning AM & FM Masonic Lodge #275, having served as Worshipful Master. Dean was a member of the Corning Rotary Club for over 30 years, having served as President, and being on the District Governor selection board for several years. Dean belonged to the National Association of Gas Consumers and was President in 1994. He has been the South Iowa Municipal Electric Cooperative Association treasurer since 1986. Dean served on the Iowa Municipal Utilities Association since 1997 and was their President in 2000. He served on the Missouri Basin System Group Board representing Iowa. Dean was a board member of the Mid-West Electric Consumers Association Board. He served as an Adams County Ambassador (past president) and was an Adams County Economic Development Corporation board member. Dean served on the Corning Chamber of Commerce and had served as the Chairman of the Adams County Republican Committee. Dean also served on the Southern Iowa Regional Council of Governments for 29 years.
Dean was an avid reader who had many interests. He especially enjoyed Civil War history. Dean would occasionally give speeches about the Civil War and how it pertained to his great-grandfather, F.M Davis. He loved golf and enjoyed computer work, photography, and traveling. For several years Dean served as the “official driver” for the Lenox Bike Club during RAGBRAI. Dean enjoyed making his daily coffee rounds “with the guys” at the Country Club, Kay’s Kafe, and the fitness center. Mostly though, Dean was a “people person” who loved his Adams County community.
Left to cherish Dean’s memory are his loving wife Dianne of Corning; his two sons: Douglas (Monique) Davis, of Kansas City, Kansas; and Daniel Davis of Ames, Iowa; His brother: Robert (Sue) Davis of Eustis, Nebraska; his sister-in-law: Brenda (Gary) Krough of Marshalltown, Iowa; his brother-in-law; David Lake of Maryland; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Preceding Dean in death were his parents: Frank and Doris Davis; Grandparents: Thel and Ruby Harlow, and Joe and Stella Davis; and his sister-in-law: Linda Lake.

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