Alton Davis, 76, Oakland

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 14, 2002

The funeral service for Alton E. Davis of Oakland will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at Faith Lutheran Church, London. The Rev. Reuben Unseth will officiate. Interment will be in the Deer Creek Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Bonnerup Funeral Service, Albert Lea and one hour before at the church. Military honors will be accorded by the Albert Lea Area veterans groups.

Alton died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002, at his home. He was 76 years old.

Alton was bom May 5, 1926, the son of Clyde and Corinne (Hendrickson) Davis in Freeborn County. He was baptized and confirmed at the Deer Creek Valley Lutheran Church. Alton graduated from Northwood High School in 1944. He farmed with the family until enlisting in the U.S. Army, serving his country in Japan from January 1946 – July 1947 as staff sergeant and earning a Victory Medal and the Army Occupied Medal of Japan. He then returned home to farm again on the family farm.

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Alton married Arliss Hagen on Nov. 26, 1950, in the First Lutheran Church, Glenville. They farmed together in rural Oakland and London. He and his wife raised purebred Duroc hogs.

He was the U.S. Postmaster in Oakland, receiving his 25-year pin upon retirement in 1988. They also enjoyed buying, selling and refinishing antiques for their Lane of Hearts Antique Shop. Alton raised and sold strawberries and vegetables at local farmers’ markets. Alton helped organize and was the first president of the Faith Lutheran Church. He enjoyed taking his kids fishing, auctions, antiquing and visiting with special friends at Austin McDonalds. He was in 4-H and showed at the Freeborn County Fair and later enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren show their animals. He was a 4-H leader and received the Third Generation 4-H Award.

Alton is survived by his five children, Cindy Davis of St. Paul, Vickie Kronlage and husband, Douglas of Charles City, Iowa, Gary Davis and wife, Carol of Oakland, Christy Streff and husband, Ken of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Craig Davis of Oakland; grandchildren, Gayle Thoeny and husband, Keith, Derrick Deick, Terra Rasmussen and husband, Brian, Joshua Davis, Sara Davis and Michaela Kronlage; brothers, Emery Davis and wife Clarice of Glenville, Laurell Davis and wife, Clarice of Glenville; sister: Yvonne Tews and husband, Leonard of Northwood, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Margie Davis of Glenville and Joretta Jensen of Glenville; and brother-in-law, Ronald Carpenter of Clear Lake, Iowa.

Alton was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Arliss; brother, Curtis Davis; and sisters-in-law: Phyllis Christianson and Sharon Carpenter.