After graduating, in July I married Charlene Payton and together we have four children, 11 grandchildren and one great grand child. I ran the home dairy east of Rose Hill three years and also worked at the Douglass grain elevator 1/2 year and then at Boeing while at the dairy. In 1958 we moved to Douglass and stayed there for five years. Then we bought a small farm east of Atlanta, Kansas where we still reside. We built a new cabin on the farm 11 years ago, which we enjoy very much. I worked at Boeing for 37 1/2 years, most of that time in the tooling machine shop. I retired from Boeing in 1992 and stayed home for 1 1/2 years.
I bought some more land and went back to work this time for Central School District of Burden and Atlanta as transportation Supervisor for five years and retired again. We attend a small country church where we are also involved with volunteer Disaster work. Charlene worked in Rose Hill for three years in the telephone office, café in Atlanta, hospital in Winfield, then 32 years as a bus driver for Central School. She enjoys most of all keeping our grandchildren and watching them play ball. Two of them won first in state champion games this past year. Also, she likes to read, crochet, cross-stitch, travel and just be with me. I spent about ten years riding broncs and bulls and clowning rodeos and then scaled down to coaching my kids’ summer ball games and boating and water skiing for recreation. Now I'm a full time fisherman, still water ski and enjoy hot roding the boat around the lake. I plan to retire from this job with 40 years of service…
Don, Charlene, Wes, Shelly Jo, Donna, Mark
Don & Charlene at 2005 reunion brunch.
Here is the "Davis gang". This picture was taken in June 2005 to honor Don and Charlene on their 50th wedding anniversary. Charlene & Don are seated at the center and surrounded by kids, grand kids, and their spouses.
Don and Charlene's daughter-in-law, Shelly Davis, passed away Sunday morning, November 26, 2017 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. Miles Funeral Service has her obituary (pdf version). Our condolences go out to the Davis family.