Roger A. Davis, 62, of Manhattan died at Stoneybrook Retirement Home on June 9, 2013.

Roger A. Davis, 62, of Manhattan died at Stoneybrook Retirement Home on June 9, 2013.

He was born July 15, 1950, in Hardtner, Kan., to Richard (R.L.) and Bobbie Davis. He attended high school in Salina and Marquette and college at Hutchinson Community College and McPherson College. 

He ran the Hilton elevator in McPherson County for approximately 20 years, first for W.R. Milling, then for Mid-Kansas Coop and was the Lay Minister at Kanopolis Lake for over 20 years.

On Aug. 2, 1970, he was married to Peggy Jo Martin. Roger and Peggy lived in Marquette for 30 years.

Their son, Joshua Layman was born on Nov. 11, 1978, in Salina.  Peggy preceded Roger in death on March 10, 2007.

Roger was extremely active within the community, teaching Sunday School, acting as a Board member for Elyria Christian School, vending at gun and knife shows across Kansas and Oklahoma, teaching those near and far to play his favorite card game, “Big Deuces” as well as other games, such as “Hearts,” “Spades,” and “Pitch.”

Roger was active for many years in the Thursday morning Omaha High-Low poker game at Prairie Band Casino. In years past, he could be found as a staple in the Marquette swimming pool during the summer. Roger loved spending time with his family, playing cards, traveling to Pitkin, Colo., for vacation nearly every summer and just sharing fellowship. Roger was a poet and his collection of recent poems can be found at

Roger is survived by his mother, Bobbie Davis of Hardtner, his son, Joshua Davis (Amanda) of Lawrence, brother, Rick Davis (Vicki) of Pratt, sisters, Connie Kowalsky (Tom) of Grand Junction, Colo., and Joy Helmer (Gerald) of Hardtner, brother-in-law, Danny Martin (Wanda) of Omaha, Neb., sister-in-law, Carol Jones (Bob) of Marquette, many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Elim Lutheran Church, Marquette.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Marquette Ministerial Association in care of Marquette Farmer’s State Bank (P.O. 39, Marquette, KS 67464).