Wilbur “Sheldon” Davis, 81, of Delhi Iowa, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He was born on March 12, 1938, north of Hopkinton, the son of Lee and Emma (Wolfe) Davis. He was raised in the Hopkinton and Delhi areas and graduated from Delhi High School. Sheldon served honorably in the United States Air Force from 1956 until his discharge in 1960. He then attended and graduated from Upper Iowa College with a Bachelor of Science degree. Sheldon also received his Master’s degree from Missouri State University.
On July 28, 1962, Sheldon was united in marriage to Betty Fischer at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Garnavillo. Two daughters were born to this marriage. Sheldon worked at the U.S. Fish Hatchery near Manchester. Sheldon was a teacher for 31 years and taught 6th grade in Hopkinton for his entire career. Sheldon farmed for most of his life and enjoyed selling produce from his farm stand.
Sheldon was a longtime member of the Delhi United Methodist Church. He was an active member of the MVEA, ISEA, NEA, and was a negotiator through the JDC UniServ for the Maquoketa Valley School District. Sheldon enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, and gardening. He liked spending time outdoors. Sheldon loved his family and spending time with them.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Betty Davis of Delhi; his two daughters, Glenda Davis (Al Leemhuis) and Shelly Davis of Delhi; one brother, Robert “Bob” (Bev) Davis of Delhi; one sister, Sharon (Leon) Beitz of Hopkinton; two sisters-in-law, Jeanette Davis of Hopkinton and Sharon Davis, of Monticello; and several nieces and nephews.
Sheldon was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Dale Brown, Wayne Davis, Donald David, in infancy, and David Davis; and his sister, Donna Lux.
Online condolences may be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.
Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m., on Friday, February 21, 2020, at the United Methodist Church in Delhi, with Pastor Keith Pitts officiating.
Visitation: 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., on Friday, February 21, 2020, at the United Methodist Church in Delhi.
Interment with Military Rites: Hopkinton City Cemetery – Hopkinton, Iowa