Soldotna resident Leonard Davis died peacefully at home, amid his family, on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000. He was 79.
A memorial mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna. Father Richard Tero will officiate at the service.
Mr. Davis was born Feb. 24, 1921, to William and Anna Davis of Deer River, Minn. In 1961, Leonard and his family moved to Soldotna, where they have resided since. Leonard was an equipment contractor for seismic companies until 1967, when he started Arctic Asphalt Paving, Inc., the first peninsula-based asphalt operation. In 1974, he started Davis Block. He retired in 1977 to pursue the adventure of gold mining.
His hobbies included flying, bowling, music, golf and playing cards. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and also the Soldotna Senior Center, where he enjoyed many hours of visiting with friends and playing cards.
"Leonard's and Viola's hospitality were well known. Many family members and friends have gotten their start with a helping hand from Leonard. He loved having visitors and always had the cards out when anyone stopped by," the family wrote.
Mr. Davis is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Cyril, Bernard, Claude and Ray; sister Ethel; grandson, Colter Holland and son-in-law Gary Woodburn.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Viola; sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Terri Davis, Rusty and Barb Davis and Scott Davis, all of Soldotna; daughters Coreen Davis, of Eagan, Minn., and Elaine Woodburn, of Lincoln City, Ore.; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Elmer Davis and sisters, Vera Linder and Anne Erickson all of Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Soldotna Senior Center, 197 W. Park Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669 or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Alaska Division, 511 W. 41st Ave., Ste. 101, Anchorage, AK 99503-6643, please include return address and designate the memorial in Leonard's name.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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