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Frederick "Bill" William Davis

Thursday, December 13th, 1951 - Monday, August 10th, 2020
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Frederick William “Bill” Davis was born December 13, 1951 in Wichita KS and took his last breath on August 10, 2020 at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe KS. Bill is the son of Horace Chesterfield (HC) Davis and Uldine Josephine (Dene) Burroughs Davis. He joined older siblings, Charles Preston Davis and Cynthia Rose Davis. Following a brief residence in Wichita, the family moved to Great Bend, KS where Bill completed his education. He was named after his great uncle, Frederick William Davis, Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Texas.

Bill attended Washburn University where he developed a love for competitive debate. As a new graduate, he joined the staff of KEWI radio as the nighttime disc jockey Bruce Wayne, “Just spinning the hits.” He knew his life was meant for better things. He returned to Washburn to finish an education degree and did his student teaching and the rest is history. Bill spent his days including weekends with his debate students, researching in the libraries, listening to practice debates, driving to tournaments as Skip Johnson, the school bus driver, and judging many rounds. He loved the comradery of colleagues in the coaches lounge and the meaty food offerings. In the summer, Bill would teach college summer camps.

In 1985, Bill began to realize that as much as he loved his students, he longed for children that were his own. He came to Hays, KS to “check out” Patty Morton, a friend from high school, and her young son Joel. He finally got the nerve to share these wishes with her and on June 6, 1986 they were married at the Presbyterian Church Chapel in Great Bend, KS and Patty became Pat Davis, proud momma to Jessie and Cody Davis. The Davis’ moved to “the big blue house outside of Spring Hill KS” in 1987 and live there still. He retired to be the introvert he thought he was in 2013. After a few years of sitting on his front porch and contemplating the meaning of life, Bill was back into the world of debate through his contact with the “young pups” now coaching. Bill served on the USD230 school board and was a member of the National Forensics League.

Bill was a Stoic by philosophical belief and a Christian believer by conviction. He loved a good preacher and critiqued every sermon he ever heard. He was a member of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, and his “ugly brother” Chuck. His sister, Cindy Rice, is in Indianapolis, IN. Her children Michelle and Nathan also survive. Bill has taken underwing, Chuck’s daughter Ashley and sister in law Connie Davis, both of Pueblo, CO. Bill always considered Joel Morton his son. Joel and his wife Julie are in Virginia Beach, VA where Joel is in the Navy. Their children include Baylee, Brailyn, Harvey and James. Wesley Amos Morton is due soon. Bill has always loved each new person joining his family. Jessie married Roger Caliman. They live in Independence MO with their young son Hadley. Cody shares his life with Cierra Floyd and children Ariella Floyd, Roman Marshall and Eva “the diva” Davis. They are in Topeka, KS.

Bill’s charity of choice was to return library books late. We know that he would find joy in any contribution made to the benefit of youth. If you need an idea, we can suggest the Back Pack food program for schools with Church of the Resurrection. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. As Bill requested, his ashes will be scattered at his favorite place, Fort Robinson, Nebraska. Go with God and do as you please.
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Posted at 05:40pm
Years ago, he gave me a hyacinth for helping type his book. I wanted to return the favor, but I could not find a hyacinth. I hope this will do.
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Allison Owen

Posted at 09:58am
I always enjoyed attending every one of Mr. Davis’ classes. He introduced all of his students to so many cultures and human rights issues through his Area Studies courses. I remember spending an entire class just asking him questions about Somali pirates and for every question I asked, he had an answer. Also, still to this day, I won’t get a diamond ring because of his class on the blood diamond trade. I will always credit him with helping me find my passion for international relations and also my favorite book- Life of Pi. You will be missed, Mr. Davis.
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DJ

Posted at 08:28am
I took two of Mr. Davis’ philosophy classes in 2007 and 2008 and still think about something I learned from his lessons at least once a week. He taught though his love of debate and helped students come to answers themselves through asking the right questions. When I’m asked who my favorite teachers were, he is always one that comes to mind first.
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Andrew Sword

Posted at 04:42am
He was always Mr. Davis to me. I can remember so many of his BVN students like me who felt he stretched our minds further than any other teacher. I will always think of him as a kind and generous soul who loved a good story and wished for all those around him to find truth and, if not incompatible with truth, peace.

You'll be missed, Mr. Davis. Thank you.
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Martin Scarboro

Posted at 08:12pm
My deepest condolences to you and yours. I learned an awful lot from Mr. Davis. He was able to convince me that I was more talented that I ever would have believed. He had confidence in me, as he did with all of his debate/forensics students. As a senior at WHRS, I went to enroll in his forensics class but, he wouldn't let me. I asked him why and he replied, "There is nothing more that I can teach you." It took me years to realize what an enormous compliment he gave me. Three excerpts/quotes from the most powerful tales I was tasked with are below. I can hear his voice when I read them to this day. I hope there is room for them in this post. I will try and add them as photos.
Martin Scarboro
WRHS Class of 1982
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