Our kind loving father, grandfather, husband, brother and friend passed away on Monday January 16, 2023, surrounded by loved ones. Ron was born December 14, 1942, in Onawa, IA to Jerry and LaVera Davis. He grew up learning auto body repair working beside his father in their shop. He loved working with his hands learning new skills. He was curious, creative and intuitive. He graduated Onawa High School, married his first wife and briefly moved to Ames, IA where he started his family with the birth of Ronnie and Becky. He then returned to Onawa to his family body shop and celebrated the birth of his son, Ken. After some years, he moved to Utah where he continued his trade and met his soulmate and the love of his life, Linda. In this union his family grew with the addition of her three children, Ken, Joe and Lizz. He went to work with Sherwin Williams and that led to a move to Oregon. He eventually ended up working for the City of Portland until his retirement.
Ron and Linda decided to retire to Soda Springs, Idaho and proceeded to build their cozy home on the outskirts of town. They poured their love into their home through sweat equity and incorporated many personal touches. They loved nature, animals and long car rides through the mountains. They always had a beloved pet or two or ten.
Ron was a hands-on father and grandfather. Always eager to share his knowledge and to teach his skills. He had a tool for everything and if he didn’t, he built one. He was always the problem solver. Always the teacher. Always found the answer to the problem.
He is survived by his children Rebecca (Steven) Purcell, Joseph Riggs, and Elizabeth Holmes. His grandchildren Sara Reinhardt, Brandon (Asia) Davis, Shawn Davis, Garrett and Grant Purcell and Jacob and Jonny Riggs and 5 great grandchildren. His sisters Jean Gosch and Kathi (Ray) Thompson and brother Keith (Gay) Davis.
Preceded in death by his wife, Linda. Parents, Jerry and LaVera Davis. Sons, Ronnie Davis, Ken Davis and Kenneth Riggs. Brother-in-law, Verlyn Gosch.
Viewing and memorial service to be held on Saturday January 21 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 361 S 3rd St E, Soda Springs, Idaho. Viewing will begin at 8:30 am. The service will begin at 10 am. Internment at Sandy City Cemetery, 700 E 9000 S, Sandy, UT.
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