Richard Davis -- Rochester

Richard G. Davis, 73, of Rochester and formerly of Minnesota City, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys Campus, Rochester.

Richard was born Oct. 16, 1943, in Winona, to Wilfred and Betty (Phillips) Davis. He graduated from Winona Senior High School and received his Bachelor's Degree in Art from Winona State University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in July 1966. On Dec. 28, 1968, he married Aloha Denzer in Winona and they had four children.

Richard was employed at Winona State University for 37 years, retiring in 2007, as the Director of Publications. He was a member of the American Legion Post 9, VFW Post 1287, Pickwick Cemetery Board, Minnesota City Historical Society, and the Civil War Round Table.

He loved his family dearly, and is survived by his best friend and wife of 49 years, Aloha of Rochester; four children, Eric (Laura) Davis of Mankato, Andy Davis of Athens, Ga., Tyler Davis of Sofia, Bulgaria, and Carrie (Josh) Wacholz of Rochester; five grandchildren, Owen, Lola, Max, Macy, and Gabby; two sisters, Kathleen (Tom) Suffrins of Rochester and Loretta (John) Davis Nagel of Winona; an aunt, Irene Hodgdon of Blue Earth; and other relatives and friends.

Richard's family and friends will miss his sense of humor and infectious laughter. Upon retirement, he became an avid golfer. When he couldn't make it to the course, he enjoyed drawing, painting, reading about history, and watching sports, especially baseball and football.

Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fawcet Junker Funeral Home in Winona. A service to remember Richard will be at 4 p.m. with a luncheon to follow at the American Legion. Interment will be at Pickwick Cemetery, Pickwick, Minn., with military burial rites conducted by the American Legion Post 9.

The family requests memorials be directed to the Pickwick Cemetery or the American Legion.

Services entrusted to Fawcett Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona, Minn., and Fountain City, Wis. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at

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