Jacob ‘Clint’ Davies, 94, Arvonia: Dec. 21, 1923 – Jan. 16, 2018

ARVONIA, Kan. – Jacob Clinton Davies, 94, of Arvonia, Kan., passed away on Jan. 16, 2018. He was born to Welsh parents Jacob and Olive Davies on Dec. 21, 1923, at Newman Hospital, in Emporia, Kan.

He was appreciative of his grandfather coming from Wales in early 1880s to start the five-generation farm. His grandfather was a Welsh immigrant settling the area of Lyon and Osage counties. Clinton spent his whole life as a farmer in the Welsh community of Arvonia in Osage County, just few miles from Reading, Kan.

He married Donna House on Oct. 31, 1954, at the First Christian Church, in Emporia, Kan. Together, he and Donna had three children, Jann, Jay and Jim, and eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. They were proud of all, including spouses they chose for lifetime partners. Clint was especially appreciative of Jay and Jim, who chose to carry on the family farming occupation that Clint, his father, two brothers and grandfather had taken pride in. He was proud of his daughter, Jann, who chose to be a part of the educational system of the community and served as teacher of young people in both grade school and high school. He followed and was proud of his grandchildren and all of their accomplishments.

Clint received his grade school and high school education from the school system in Reading, and later was a graduate of Kansas State University. He served 13 years on the unified school board of North Lyon County, with the first three years in Reading. He served on the extension board of Osage County. He belonged to the Reading Lion’s Club, which he help start, and served 11 years as secretary. Clinton was a proud Mason for 63 years and served as master in 1957. As a young man, Clint proudly served as a lay and youth fellowship leader of the Reading Methodist Church. Clint was a member of the St. David’s Choir, Farmhouse Fraternity, and K-State marching band and baseball team. Throughout his life he was an avid photographer, documenting his family and the Reading community. He also made daily journal entries about his life and his family.

During his retirement years he kept busy by making and cutting canes, and made 500 hedge tree walking canes for old and new friends that he would meet each day. Friends attending “ole Clint’s” memorial may celebrate by bringing canes with them to the service in honor of him.

As a baby, Clint’s mother took him into the Reading Methodist Church and his grandchildren will carry him out of the church. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 26, at the Reading United Methodist Church, 25 Franklin St., Reading. Burial will follow services at Reading Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday evening at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church and sent in care of the Jones VanArsdale Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at vanarsdalefs.com.

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