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Donnal Kenneth Davis

Birth Date: May 13, 1934
Death Date: August 9, 2018

Donnal Kenneth Davis, 84, of Decatur, IL passed away in his home on August 9, 2018.  Donnal was born in Raven’s Den, AR, in a log cabin, May 13, 1934, son of Elza and Amy (Hooper) Davis. He married Patricia Lenover of Decatur on September 1, 1956. Donnal leaves behind his wife, two children Rick Allan Davis of Surprise AZ, and Tamara Nihiser of Decatur IL, a brother, Frank Davis of Mountainburg, AR, a sister Janelle Jackson of Monticello, IL, two grandchildren, Rickie and Katilyn Nihiser and two great grandchildren Ramyiah Nihiser and Makhi Jones.

Donnal worked as a Draftsman at Mississippi Valley Structural Steel for many years. Afterwards he dedicated much time to working with the American Red Cross and Meals On Wheels. Donnal also enjoyed many other actvities such as bowling, golfing, and hunting, but most of all was fishing, especially with his four best fishing buddies Leonard Emert and Don Peterson of St. Louis, Herman Weyen and Bill Klekamp of Decatur, IL.

Donnal was preceded in death by both his parents and a special sister-in-law, Nancy Acks. As per Don’s wishes there will be no services. Any memorials can be sent to Meals On Wheels or St. Jude’s Children Hospital on his behalf.

The Moran and Goebel Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Donnal. Condolences may be left to his family at

All services are private.
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  1. Don you will be missed.

    Written by: DeAnne Davis

    So sorry to hear about Don’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with the family(most especially with his wife Pat).

  2. Thinking of you!

    Written by: Tracy Coverstone

    Words cannot express my sadness. May the comfort of God help you through this difficult time, thinking of you all, my sincere condolences…
    Love & Hugs!

  3. I feel so fortunate to have known Don Davis! His calm demeanor, his desire to volunteer to help others, his patience, his sense of humor, and his love for his family, are all qualities I will fondly remember when I think of him. My condolences to all of you, and I hope you are able to find comfort and peace as you reflect on his wonderful life. Hugs to all of you!

  4. To the family, I had the chance to meet this man when I was 16 years old, he was kind to me, and didn’t speak alot to me,
    but when he did, you were treated, and talked to with respect not only by this man, But everyone else that was in the household.
    I want to send my condolences to Pat, Tami and Rick for their loss, remember, we are all here for a short time, and we can’t tell
    time at all, only the man above, but think of all the joy you have endured by this man, and know that there are many , many, more
    who are waiting to be touched by this man…………Kevin Underwood……..

  5. a leader at MVSS

    Written by: Bob Shaw

    I worked at MVSS Decatur from 1973 to 1981, starting in the drafting room. I considered Don to be a true leader at MVSS, highly knowledgeable and skilled, and willing to help and guide a young engineer (me) learn the craft and the industry, always displaying both his integrity and his passion for the work. Thank you, Don.

    To his family and friends, my condolences on your loss.

  6. Tammy and Rick – Please know how sorry I am for your loss. May our loving Heavenly Father grant you His perfect peace now and in the days to come as you navigate this life without him here. Hugs to you both.

  7. Robin Bowman

    Written by: Robin Bowman

    You and your family are in all my thoughts and prayers. I know how it feels to lose your dad. If you or your family need anything let me know — even it you just need to talk. You never get over it, but with time the pain dulls and is more bearable. Again my prayers are with you & your family.

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