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Col. James Malcolm Davis

August 28, 1947 — March 4, 2023

Col. James Malcolm Davis

James Malcolm Davis, age 75, of Monticello, went to his heavenly home on March 4, 2023.

Jim was born to George and Doris (Setterson) Davis on August 28, 1947, in Indianapolis. He

was in the Shortridge High School Class of 1965 and went on to attend Indiana University

where he was a member of the Theta Xi fraternity. He graduated from IU with a BA in History.

He continued to cheer with great pride for the Cream and Crimson of his alma mater.

On December 20, 1969, Jim married Ruth (Spackman) Davis who survives. Jim and Ruth have

4 children; Laura (Doug) Lee, Tom Davis, Ginny Davis, and Andy (Shannon) Davis, and one

grandson, Connor Lee. He also leaves behind his 2 fur children, kitties Rocket and Dora. Jim

loved spending time with his family whether it was a family meal, card game, family trip, or

reading with a couple of cats on his lap. He was a foodie at heart, but his favorite was a bowl of ice

cream with chocolate syrup each night. He loved to travel all over the world and was always

looking forward to his next adventure whether that be parachuting in Thailand, riding a roller

coaster, hiking with his buddies, or gigging for frogs and riding a camel with Ruth through


Jim was active in many organizations throughout his life and felt it was important to give back to

the community. He worked at Indiana Beach where he wore many hats from public relations to

co-owner of Beachside Enterprises and Ideal Games. He was on the board of directors for the

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). He was a past president

of Kiwanis as well as a deacon at the First Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Juncto club

and played Bridge-a-Rama. Jim also served as a board member at State and Savings

Bank, Twin Lakes School Corporation, and SEFLCC over the years.

Jim served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne Division. He

was honorably discharged from the Army in 1973. He then continued in the Army National

Guard, 38th Division, 2D Battalion, 293D Infantry. In 1990, Colonel James M. Davis was

discharged from the National Guard after many years of service. He loved his country and

humbly served for over 30 years.

Jim was a deeply caring man who loved his family and friends with all his heart. His quirky

sense of humor was a great source of many pranks over the years. He always had a kind word

to say and never seemed to go anywhere where he didn’t make a new friend. His gentle spirit

and loving heart will be missed by those who knew him.

All services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Monticello. Visitation will be from 4 -

8:00 pm on Friday, March 10th, and one hour before services on Saturday. Deacons Prayer

Circle will pray at 3:45 pm on Friday. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 11th at 11:00 am. Burial with

full military honors will be held immediately following the service at Riverview I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be given to Kiwanis or The First Presbyterian Church in remembrance of

James M. Davis. Envelopes will be available at the church.

Springer-Voorhis Draper Funeral Home of Monticello is entrusted with care.

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