Roy E. Davis
January 1, 1929 - April 14, 2006
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East College Avenue
Appleton, WI 54911
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Appleton, WI 54911
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Davis, Roy E. ‚ÄúGene‚Äù Roy E. ‚ÄúGene‚Äù Davis, age 77, of Appleton, died Friday morning, April 14, 2006, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born January 1, 1929, to the late Roy F. and Pearl (Bailey) Davis, in Monroe, WI and had been an Appleton resident since 1956. Gene served with the U.…

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John Chandler left a message on April 6, 2009:
Gene was my coach for 4 years, but, more importantly, was my good friend for the 29 years that followed. I will miss seeing him, greatly, whenever I'm at a Lawrence function, and will especially miss his wry quips and the ever-present twinkle in his eye. I consider myself very fortunate to have been one of his athletes and friends.
Jim and Tammy Landon left a message on April 6, 2009:
Your husband and father will be missed greatly. He was a great man and always enjoyable and interesting to be around. I will always cherish the 4th of July Jim and Kathy invited me to at Gene and Anne's house. There was a big party around the pool and a golf outing. Thanks Gene for making me feel like a part of the family.
Terry Nilles left a message on April 6, 2009:
My deepest sympathy for your loss. Coach was an important figure for me during my 4 years at Lawrence when I was reducing ties with my family and becoming a young adult. I daresay he was a more positive influence than a number of the folks I hung out with at the Viking Room. I will not be able to attend the memorial service, but please be assured that my thoughts will be with you. Again my heartfelt condolences.
John Boya left a message on April 6, 2009:
Wonderful guy, wonderful family. I have nothing but fond memories of both. Very sorry to hear about his passing. My prayers are with the entire Davis family.
The Campbell Family left a message on April 6, 2009:
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. You are in our thoughts.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Mark Kohls '82 left a message on April 6, 2009:
I ran cross country with "Coach" from 1978 to 1981. This was a selfless man who spent so much time with us, traveling and giving us advice, taking care of us, and creating experiences that all of us remember for the rest of our lives. I got to know him more than any other professor and it was a joy to be invited back to alumni races and to see him and Ann at one of the last LU Invitationals at High Cliff State park! This man loved Lawrence, loved coaching, loved his country, and shared his love of his family making a deep impression on me some 28 years ago.
Todd Hausmann left a message on April 6, 2009:
I was so sorry to here about Coach Davis. He was a great coach, and a great person. You have my deepest sympathy. I ran Cross Country and Track for Lawrence in 1981 thru 1983--after which I transfered to Madison( and ran there too). I will never forget Coach Davis. He was an icon at Lawrence! He had a great sense of humor, and a great sense of how sports fit into the experience at Lawrence. He will be missed, and remembered fondly by many! Todd
Greg Linnemanstons left a message on April 6, 2009:
As an LU football and wrestling alumnus, I was never coached by Coach Davis, but instead knew him as one of the most genuinely nice people within the LU community. Always ready with a smile, a joke and encouragement for everyone. I can only imagine what a wonderful father and husband he was. While my condolences go out to everyone in Gene's family, I urge you to say thanks for the wonderful man who touched us all. We're all better for having known him.
Kurt left a message on April 6, 2009:
From the time I first came to the Lawrence community in 1991 up until the 50 Years of Swimming Reunion in February, I have not known a more supportive and mentoring athletic legend. Gene was so down to earth and personable. When I took over the reins from Gene, I could never have envisioned a better start due to Coach Davis' great character. I have learned much from you, my friend, and will miss your wisdom. Kurt Kirner Lawrence Swim Coach
Brian Boya left a message on April 6, 2009:
I shared my younger years around the Davis family and for that I am a better person. Deepest sympathies Brian Boya
Thomas (Boya) Quill left a message on April 6, 2009:
Having grown up and swum with Coach's children, it seemed as though little time had passed when Coach's was one of the first faces I saw as a freshman at Lawrence. He gave me a big hug and said, "Of course I'll see you at the first swim practice, won't I?" He was a great coach and a true mentor and friend. It was an honor to swim for him, and I feel very fortunate to have known him. Ann and family, may all the wonderful memories help you through this very difficult time. I send my most heartfelt condolences. Thomas Quill LU Class of 1982
Jeff and Mary Thielke left a message on April 6, 2009:
Our condolences to the family of Gene Davis. It seems he touched alot of people in a very special way. We're sorry we did not have the opportunity to meet the Father of our dear friend, Jim. If the expression "Like Father, Like Son" is true then I think we know the kind of person Gene Davis was.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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