Willis Earl Davis was born on Feb. 12, 1912, in Hoxie, Kan., to Leonidas J. and Sylvia May (Skidmore) Davis. Earl was 6 years old when his family moved to Craig.
Earl married Ruth Rader on Sept. 27, 1932, in Meeker. They spent most of their lives in Craig, where Earl worked in the oil fields as a roustabout, pumper, gang pusher and mainly as a welder.
Earl enjoyed fishing and playing cards. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Craig.
He died Sunday, May 21, 2006, at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs after a brief illness.
He is survived by his close companion of the past several years, Sophia Nardi of Craig; grandchildren Julie, Jodie and Joan Kendall, all of Craig, Jean Sundberg of Craig, Diane Fox of Cortez, and Delon Espinoza; 12 great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; two great great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Paula Davis of Rangely; sister Eunice Flory of Sacramento, Calif.; and brother Paul Davis of Fort Collins.
His parents, a sister Vera May Hilleweart, his daughter Virginia Kendall, his son Donald Davis and his wife Ruth Davis preceded him in death.
A memorial was Wednesday, May 24, 2006, at Grant Mortuary in Craig, with Tim Jantz officiating. Interment of his cremains followed at the Craig Cemetery.
Musical selections were "Amazing Grace" by LeAnn Rimes and "When I Get Where I'm Going" by Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton.
Honorary pallbearers were Levi Belleville, Wayne Sundberg, Evan Sundberg, Eric Sundberg, Brian Koran, Brett Koran, Cade Fox, Derick Fox, Devon Fox, Zachery Martinez, Alex Martinez and Nicholas Martinez.