Dr. Richard King (Dick) Davies, 93, former long time Ephrata, Washington resident, finished his earthly life and went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 25, 2013. He was born September 7, 1920 in Elyria, to Walter E. and Ruth Metcalf Davies. At age 14, he survived near fatal typhoid fever and meningitis.
Graduating from Elyria High School, he studied for two years at Wheaton College (Illinois). Unsure of his life path and knowing that World War II was coming, he worked in a steel mill for two years, then enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He flew P-47s and P-38s in the Pacific Theatre in New Guinea and the Philippines. After 135 missions, he was stationed in the Los Angeles, California area, where, upon discharge, he attended South California School of Optometry on the GI Bill.
He met Eunice (Juna) Mary Mcintosh there and they married in 1947. They lived briefly in Wenatchee, Washington and in 1948, moved to Ephrata, where he set up his optometry practice.
Dick was an active member in the community and at Ephrata First Baptist Church for the next 59 years, where he held different posts such as Sunday school teacher, choir director and Deacon. Dick and Juna reared six children, all of whom attended K-12 in the Ephrata schools.
Dick retired from his optometry practice in 1990 and he and Juna spent some years traveling and volunteering for Christian missions organizations. In 2007, the Davies moved to Fairwinds Brighton Court retirement center in Lynnwood, Washington, to be closer to their children. As Dick’s physical challenges increased, he remained steadfast in his love for Christ. He faced death with great peace and assurance that he was “going home”.
He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Eunice Mary (Juna) Davies; his sister, Carolyn Jensen of Elyria; five children, Richard E. (Bud) Davies (Laurie) of Sequim, Washington, Rebecca Woods (Andy) of Lynnwood, Washington, Ingrid Crozier (Jim) of Seattle, Washington, John Davies (Sophie) of Spokane, Washington and Joyce Jones (Tom) Tacoma, Washington; 17 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
Dick Davies was preceded in death by two daughters, June Davies and Marilyn Davies Bordelon; and his brothers, Alan and David Davies.