Stephen Davis, 72, of Kearney, Nebraska, passed away Jan. 11 at Kearney Regional Medical Center. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Stephen V. “Steve” Davis was born Oct. 28, 1947, in Newton. He attended Peabody High School, where he met the love of his life, Patricia I. Coons.
They later married on August 27, 1967. After they attended Kansas State University together, Steve and Pat taught at Marion High School for five years, where he began as a history teacher.
They moved to Kearney, Nebraska, the summer of 1975, where Steve dedicated 31 years of his life by serving the Kearney public school system; initially as a history teacher and librarian, then later as director of Library Services.
On Jan. 10, 1985, Steve and Pat proudly welcomed home a baby boy named Matthew.
Steve served as president of Nebraska State Library Association and the Nebraska Education Association, where he was primarily responsible for convincing public libraries and school libraries to join together and work to better promote education and research for communities.
Steve was a member of many clubs and groups in the community; one he particularly enjoyed was Kiwanis Club. Though he was quietly accomplished in so many ways, Steve always said his greatest achievement was raising his son to be a wonderful man, and seeing his two grandchildren become loving human beings.
Steve passed away on January 11, but he remains living through older brothers, Richard and Robert Davis; devoted wife Pat; son Matt; and his grandchildren; along with the many lives he touched along his own life journey.
Memorials are suggested to the family for future designation care of O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared online at www.osrfh.com. Funeral services are entrusted to O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral and Cremation Services.