December 13, 2022

Stanley Ray Davis

Stanley Ray Davis of Lincoln, NE, the son of John and Irene (Schaeffer) Davis was born April 28, 1944, and passed away on  December 11, 2022 at Tabitha Journey House hospice.

Stan was born in Deshler, NE and spent most of his childhood in Hebron, NE. He was baptized on May 21, 1944 and confirmed on March 30, 1958 at Grace Lutheran Church in Hebron. He graduated from Hebron High School in 1962. Sports were important to him and he played on the basketball and football teams. He also was proud to be honored as the school’s Nebraska Boys State representative.

Stan married his high school sweetheart, Erlene Andersen, on May 24, 1964. They were the first couple to be married in the current Bethany Lutheran Church in Ruskin. They started their married life in Lincoln where they resided until Stan’s death. This union was blessed with the birth of their daughter, Darcy on December 2, 1970.

Stan was a decorated medic serving in the Nebraska National Guard from 1965 – 1971.

He worked for the Nebraska Department of Roads for 23 years, most of that time as the Traffic Services Superintendent, and was a Registered City and County Superintendent. He was recognized as an authority of road signs and conducted many schools in many states on this topic.  Stan joined the Swedish company, Sandvik Rock Tools, as the National Product Manager, in 1988 where he worked until disability forced him to retire.

He and his wife loved to travel and enjoyed visiting most of the states. He enjoyed his family, watching basketball, softball, baseball, and track in which his daughter and grandsons participated. Genealogy was his special hobby, and he spent many hours researching old records and visiting cemeteries.

Stan suffered from IBM (Inclusion Body Myositis) a muscle wasting disease for 22 years with the final 10 years in a power chair. He then was diagnosed with bladder cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Irene Davis; parents-in-law, Victor and Leona Andersen; sister, Carol Marsh; sister-in-law, Vicki Brandt; brothers-in-law, Merlyn Andersen and Tom Brandt.

Stan is survived by his wife of 58 years, Erlene; daughter, Darcy (Byron) Clymer; grandsons, Evan and Owen Clymer; two sisters, Betty Davis, Dixie (Kurt) Saltzman; brothers-in-law, Doug Marsh, Russell (Judy) Andersen; sister-in-law, Bonnie Andersen, and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service: 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Wyuka Funeral Home, Lincoln. Memorials can be directed to the Nebraska State Historical Society or donor’s choice.


  1. Darcy and Earlene…are hearts are breaking for you with this terrible loss. We are wrapping our arms around you both. Stan was such a wonderful person. We feel so fortunate to have had so many good memories of the fun times. Stan will always be in our hearts and prayers. Until we meet again sweet Prince.

  2. Dear Erlene, so very sorry for your loss, I know you have a great faith from your youthful years to help you through this difficult time. May God Bless You and Keep you as you pass through the grief of your loss.

  3. So sorry to hear of Stans passing! You are in my thoughts and prayers! Talk to you soon.
    Much love to you and Darcy.

    • Erlene, We are so sorry to read about Stan’s illness & passing. We’ll always remember Stan’s wonderful sense of humor when back in the day we did progressive dinners with our Circle members. Stan was a joy to be around. We pray that God will comfort you & send you peace.
      Tom & Kathy Beerenstrauch

  4. May the Lord be with you Erlene during your time of grief.
    May all your memories be a blessing to you? I will be thinking of you. An old, old friend, Nancy Ward Hoblyn


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