1966 Rod 2014

Rod Alan Davis

July 18, 1966 — October 19, 2014

Rod Alan Davis, 48, a life long resident of the Peninsula, died October 19, 2014 in Astoria following a valiant battle with cancer. The son of Rex and Beverly (Maggi) Davis, he was born in Ilwaco on July 18, 1966. He was a graduate of Ilwaco High School. Rod was a true "native" of the Peninsula with his heart and soul focused on Willapa Bay. He had been in the oyster business and fished for salmon on the bay most of his life and had been in the employment of Long Island Oyster Company. Rod also fished in Alaska, gillnetting with Jim Kemmer on the f/v Oogruk. He had also worked as a surveyor. Throughout his life Rod enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, his work and, most of all, his family. He was a loyal friend, father, husband and provider. He touched many lines and hearts on the Peninsula. He occasionally attended Peninsula Baptist Church with his wife. Rod married Shirley Burns on April 7, 2009. She survives, residing in Ocean Park. Also surviving are sons Nathanual Alan Burns, Shawn Allen Burns and Joseph Andrew Smith, all of Ocean Park; sisters Sharlene West Gray of Long Beach and Andrea Davis Schmidt; nephew Ryan Schmidt and niece Nichol Gray Duff. He was preceded in death by his parents. His family wishes to express appreciation to Jim Kemmer, Blain Edwards, Brad and Cheryl Weatherby, The Duffy's, Ryan and Andrea Schmidt, Kim and Jamie, Sharon Feakes, Judy Wirkkala and Carlana Smith. Family and friends gathered at the Ocean Park Moose lodge for a celebration of his life on October 26th. An account has been established at Bank of The Pacific for donations to the family under the name of the "Rod Davis Memorial Fund". His guestbook is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.

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