TOLEDO – Durwood D. Davis, DVM, 77, of Toledo, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Marshalltown Medical Center. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 11:00 AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 900 Park St., Tama, with Pastor Bobby Shomo and Pastor Greg Boyle of Grace Community Church in Toledo officiating. Interment will be held at a future date. A Memorial Visitation will be held Friday, January 4, 2013 from 4-8 PM at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Tama. Woody, as he was lovingly known by his family and friends, was born on September 4, 1935, in Marshalltown, Iowa, the son of Harold John and Mae (West) Davis.
Woody graduated from Tama High School and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with honors from Iowa State University in 1959. He practiced fifty–three years throughout Tama, Marshall and surrounding counties and was also the veterinarian for the Tama Livestock Auction for the past forty years. He was joined in marriage to Melody Tjossem Wheeler on May 26, 1967. Doc was a member of the Eastern Iowa Veterinary Association and also served as President. He was a member of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association for forty consecutive years. He was a member of Grace Community Church in Toledo and formerly, a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Tama. Doc was one of the original members of the Tama-Toledo Jaycees, as well as a longtime former member of the Tama Lions Club and later, Tama-Toledo Lions Club. He was a former member of the South Tama County School Board. In his youth he was an Eagle Scout.
Doc loved his veterinary practice so much that he always said he never worked a day in his life. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing trips to Canada and Minnesota, time with grandkids, and his farm. Doc also obtained his private pilot’s license and was a member of an active flying club. The time he spent flying brought great joy to his life.
Woody is preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Betty Schmidt. Survivors include his wife of forty-five years, Melody of Toledo; one son, Brad (Bonnie) Davis of Alburnett; two daughters, LeAnn (J.B.) Smith of Hudson, and Lana (Heath) Kellogg of Newton; nine grandchildren, Brooke Davis, Danielle Smith, Nathan Smith, Erika Smith, Chad Smith, Jeremy Smith, Bailey Kellogg, Cody Kellogg, and Cael Kellogg; and brother-in-law, Ron Schmidt.
A memorial fund has been established. Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Tama-Toledo, is assisting the family with arrangements.