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Published June 30, 2013, 12:00 AM

Ronello Melzar (Mel) Davis

Ronello Melzar (Mel) Davis was born April 2, 1927, in Ambrose, N.D., and died June 23, 2013, at home in Yuma, Az.

After graduating from North Dakota State University he spent 3 years teaching Vocational Agriculture. He spent the next 30 years working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, where he rose through the ranks retiring as Administrator of the SCS.

Ronello Melzar (Mel) Davis

Ronello Melzar (Mel) Davis was born April 2, 1927, in Ambrose, N.D., and died June 23, 2013, at home in Yuma, Az.

After graduating from North Dakota State University he spent 3 years teaching Vocational Agriculture. He spent the next 30 years working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, where he rose through the ranks retiring as Administrator of the SCS.

He was a life member of B.P.O.E. # 476 Yuma, Az.; a Life member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society of America and a charter member of Gloria de Cristo Lutheran Church in Yuma, Az.

He spent 1 ½ years in the U.S. navy during WWII. He graduated high school in 1945 and from NDSU in 1949. Through his SCS career he completed many hours of advance training. He received a Distinguished Alumni award from NDSU, a Superior Service award from USDA, and a Fellow from the SWCSA.

In his earlier years he loved gardening, woodworking, stained glass making, and all forms of dancing. With the help of his family he remodeled a 150 year old schoolhouse in Pa. for his retirement. He was a runner before it was trendy and was a member of a local exercise club. He loved playing cards with friends and family, traveling the world over during his career and with his family, golfing, and especially visiting with friends.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Davis, Yuma Az.; daughter, Dawn Gregerson (Jack), San Diego, Ca.; son, Ron Davis, Yuma Az.; sister-in-law, Stella (Melgaard) Davis, Bremerton Wa.; grandchildren, Christopher (Kelsey), Brian (Beth), Elliot (Ashley), and Chelsea; 5 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ronello Davis; mother, Edith (Lahlum) Davis; step-mother, Ellen (Christianson-Tate) Davis; siblings, Florence Raap, Lorna Nelson, Lucille Chinn, Richard Davis and infant brother Donald Duane Davis.

Internment will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetary, Mandan, ND at the convenience of the family, with a memorial to be held at Gloria de Cristo in Yuma in November.

Donations can be made to Gloria de Cristo Lutheran Church Building Fund Yuma, Az., and/or Hospice of Yuma.

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