Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Eugene Davis

February 11, 1933October 11, 2018
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Lieutenant Colonel Douglas E. Davis, USAF Retired, 85, of West College Corner, Indiana died October 11, 2018.

The youngest of four children, Douglas was born February 11, 1933 to Elmer A. and Hazel Mullins Davis, on the Davis family farm, about a mile and a half from the former Fairfield, Indiana. Douglas attended elementary school at The Fairfield School, where he was noted for being the “fastest in solving arithmetic problems.” Following his graduation from Union High School in 1951, Douglas continued his education at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business. During his senior year at Miami, Douglas married the love of his life, the former Mary Belle Wilhelm, at Liberty Methodist Church. Shortly after college graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force to follow his childhood dream of being a pilot. Douglas honorably served in the Vietnam War where he and the crew ruled the sky in “Patches” the Fairchild C-123K who acquired the nickname after being hit and repaired over a thousand times. The Purple Heart was awarded to Douglas and six crew members for wounds received in battle. Patches and the Ranch Hand program are on display at the Modern Flight Gallery in the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. Douglas retired as Lieutenant Colonel in 1979 and relocated to Tampa, Florida with his family until returning home in 2010. Douglas attended Oxford Baptist Church with his wife. In his leisure time, Douglas was an avid golfer and especially enjoyed Liberty Country Club.

Douglas is survived by his wife, Mary Belle Davis; three daughters, four grandchildren, his sister, his half-brother and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Douglas was preceded in death by his siblings: Oleta Wooley and Jim Davis; his son-in-law: Wayne Tyler; his brother-in-law: Carl Cappel and his very close friend, Wendel Luker.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Baker Chapel, College Corner, Ohio with Pastor Rudy Allen of Oxford Baptist Church officiating. Douglas will then return home for burial in New Fairfield Cemetery, Sims Section with military honors conducted. Friends may visit at the funeral home, Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of service where memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA. For additional information and to send his family condolences, please visit


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • Interment Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Eugene Davis

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Peggy & Jim Albertson

October 15, 2018

Mary, Deb, Pam and Kathy,

I will always remember the wonderful times we had in England and the wonderful friendship
that has continued throughout the years. Doug always wore that awesome smile and you
always knew he was thinking of something funny to say or do while he was talking to you. I
think Jim will always regret the fact that he never made it to play golf with Doug, although
every time we saw him they were always talking golf.

Doug will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Treasure the memories.

We love you
Peggy and Jim

Jack Rogers

October 15, 2018

Bob Gilmore and I got a summer job at the Rex Manufacturing in Connersville, IN after our Freshman year at Miami.
Doug was working there, evidently started after high school.
Every noon, the 3 of us ate lunch together. Doug was always quizzing Bob and I about how tough the classes were etc.
After all of these lunches, we talked Doug into trying it out. I believe it was the next semester that he switched to to 3:00 PM to 11:pm shift at Rex and enrolled.
He did OK, quit his Rex job and and got a job in a grocery store with his buddy Wendall Luker.
The rest is history - married Mary, graduated, went into the air force and had a successful career as a pilot and Vietnam war hero.
I have always been very proud of my good friend and will miss his humor, his candor and all the times on the golf course he had to pay me off.
Rest in peace old friend.
Jack Rogers - class of 1951

John Liming

October 14, 2018

To Mary Belle and family. I am so sorry to learn of Doug's death. I will always remember the many times that Doug & Mary Belle attended the Union School Alumni Banquet at College Corner. I have worked with the Alumni Committee and attended the banquet just about every year since I graduated from there in 1962. It is nice to have a quick visit with folks from year to year.

Mary Belle, you and your family should always remember one thing ---- "Nothing Loved is Ever Lost" ---- so you should all keep the wonderful memories of Doug in your heart and he will be with you forever. John Liming