Brian Davis, 41, of Oskaloosa died Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, at the MHP Hospital in Oskaloosa. Brian was born June 1, 1976, in Perry, Iowa, the son of Keith Davis and Joni Orman Davis.
Brian attended Oskaloosa High School and was state champion shot put and discus thrower. He graduated from Oskaloosa High School with the class of 1994. Throughout school and his early adult years, Brian was a member of Team Iowa, where he participated in wheelchair basketball, weight lifting and track and field all over the United States. He also served as a representative for the Spina Bifida Association. He enjoyed attending Camp Sunnyside for many years and cherished the many friendships he made while there. He also enjoyed collecting stamps and coins. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan.
Though Spina Bifida left Brian with some physical limitations, he made the choice early on to not let those be life limitations. He participated in athletics and worked to advance wheelchair athletic events at the Iowa Games and other major competitions. He was more interested in encouraging and inspiring those around him rather than being shown pity or favoritism. He had a kind and gentle spirit. He found great comfort and strength in his personal relationship with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
His family includes his mother and caregiver, Joni Davis of Oskaloosa; his father and his wife, Keith and Denise Davis of Ankeny; a sister and her husband, Juli and Tony Johnson of Oskaloosa; a brother and his wife, Kevin and Emily Davis of Ankeny; his grandmothers, Nellie Davis of Perry, Patricia Orman of Oskaloosa, and Carol Bohner of Perry; nieces and nephews, Keegan Davis, Kaelan Davis, Chase Davis, Isabel Davis, A.J. Johnson, Kaylee Johnson, and Kassie Johnson; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and close friend: Jennifer Schuning.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Merlin Davis and Jean Orman; an uncle, Todd Orman; and an aunt, Cinda Mathis.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with Reverend Bill Hines officiating. Visitation will begin Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, after noon with the family present from 5-7 to greet friends and relatives. Burial and Graveside services will be in the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry, Iowa on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at 10 a.m. with a luncheon following at the First Christian Church in Perry, Iowa. Memorials may be made to Brian Davis Memorial Fund.