Owen C. Davis

Owen Charles Davis, 61, of Woodway, won his battle with Pancreatic Cancer, and went home to his savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, with his family by his side.

Cremation Services entrusted to Lake Shore Funeral Home.

A descendant of Thomas Puckett, Herinco County, Virginia (1665), and in honor of his Republic of Texas ancestry, his final resting place will be at the Central Texas Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, with memorial services at Walnut Springs, Texas, and White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota.

Owen was born at Meridian Hospital in Bosque County on December 23, 1952 to O.C. (USMC-VA Med Ret.) and Grace Elizabeth (Putnam) Davis (AAF). Owen attended schools in McGregor and Waco, with graduation from Richfield High School. Upon graduation, Owen was drafted into the Navy and served his country honorably in the Vietnam War.

Owen worked for the MKT (Katy) Railroad before starting his own maintenance and transportation firm. His success allowed him to pursue the craft he truly enjoyed, which was cattle ranching. It was through his transportation firm that his best employee introduced him to the love of his life and soul mate, which that alone put Ron at the top of his list of life’s true treasures.

Through his wife Maree, a Native American of the Ojibwa Tribe, White Earth Reservation, Owen found his spiritual base. Owen so embraced the spirits and wisdom of his wife’s people that he was made an active member of the Ojibwa Veterans Honor Guard. He truly enjoyed his friends and the relationships he had with the Elders and others from the reservation.

Owen was born into a Christian Family and raised in the Methodist Church. Upon marriage to Maree, he converted to Catholicism, and was blessed to have made trips to the Holy See under two Popes. Owen took his first communion in St. Peters, and attended the canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.

Owen fought a long hard battle with the VA Medical System to have them accept liability for his illness. To cover his medical cost, Owen sold his business, cattle, ranch, and home. The VA Medical Hospitals in the Los Angeles area finally accepted his case, and placed him on a National Transplant List. After many experimental medications and dosages, he was taken off the Transplant List, and survived several years before relapse. His battle to get care and medication took most of his energies over the last year of his life. After having his medications fully cancelled this past winter, he had to plead with the Hospital Administration for restoration of his medication. Although he was wronged, he forgave all, as his Christian beliefs guided him.

Owen was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Merrillyn Grady; and a nephew, Damon McCraw.

Owen is survived by his wife and soul mate, Maree Antoinette Rodwell Davis; his loving son, Christopher Davis and wife, Cindy, of Killeen; step children, Ron Warren and wife, Elizabeth, and Claudette Bevinsand husband, Michael, of Ogema, MN; sister, Nancy Lee McCraw of Columbia, SC; brother, Vernon R. Davis of Waco; nieces and nephews Jeffery Grady of Knoxville, TN, Merri Bair of Naples, Italy, Charles “Tex” McCraw of Lexington, SC, and Amy White of Germantown, MD.

The family has requested in lieu of flowers donations be made to Disabled American Veterans.


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  1. I am grateful that I got to know Owen, his love for his Lord, and his love for his wife Maree were inspirational. . . As Maree told me when she gave me the news. . . “He wasn’t perfect, but he is now.”

    Such encouraging words. My prayers are with you Maree, and with all of his family.

    Please know that Owen was loved.

  2. gail whitfield

    Rest in Peace dear brother and even though i don’t know you i feel i do.

  3. What little I knew of Owen, this much is true, he was a very caring and loving person. He would always make it point to shake my hand and say hello whenever we saw each other. You’ll surely be missed my friend. God bless the memory and life of Owen Davis!

  4. Germaine & leoRiegert

    Our sincere sympathy to Maree and family. Owen. Was such a blessing to our drum and Widosem groups. He believed in Jesus as his savior and he was not afraid to let it be known. His testimony and his winsome smile will remain in our hearts forever. His openness to try new things give uss all the benefit of his joy inlife will always be remembered and cherished. May the peace and grace of the great spirit hold you all safely in His arms.
    Love, the Riegert’s



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