Keith W. Davis

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Keith’s service will be livestreamed below starting at 10:00 AM, Friday March 17, 2023.

Keith was the second child born to Dellen and Jeanette (Scheffler) Davis. He was born on September 18, 1947 at his grandpa Scheffler’s farm outside Barnesville, MN. When he was still a toddler, the family moved to Kindred, ND, where he would live most of his life.

He joined the Navy in 1964, at the age of 17. He was stationed at multiple West Coast naval stations as an aviation electrician and served three tours in Vietnam. Following his separation from the Navy in 1972, he returned to North Dakota, where he began an almost 30 year career with Cass County Electric Coop as a journeyman lineman. He was initially based in Arthur, then transferred to Valley City. The bulk of his career was spent in Kindred. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and playing cards with family and friends.

Keith’s greatest passion was his family. He was a single father to three daughters. He never missed a school engagement – he attended every play, volleyball match, track meet and fundraiser. Keith opened his home to many of his daughter’s friends – his home was the premier place to gather – Keith went to bed early and didn’t hear well. He also hosted several foreign exchange students over the years.

Keith reconnected with his soulmate, Linda Kensinger, in 1995; they married on January 17, 2003. They lived in Kindred for many years, where Keith was known as “the walker” – he walked many miles around town, stopping to visit and befriend many. They have enjoyed splitting their time between Buckeye, AZ, Star Lake, MN for the past 15 years and recently moved to West Fargo.
Grateful to have shared his life are his wife, Linda; daughters, Dawn Davis of Fargo, Aleta Davis-Johnson of West Fargo, and Amy (Chad) Koller of Horace; step-children, Tammy Kensinger of Fargo, Todd Kensinger of Fargo, and Kari Dill of Fargo; grandchildren, Matthew Dakken of Minneapolis, MN, Jonathan Dill (fiancée Amber Bittle) of Cottage Grove, OR, Kylie Koller of Horace,

McKenzie Johnson of West Fargo, Jasmine Dill and Ashton Dill of Fargo; sister, Donna (Glen) Blanchard of Garrison, ND; brother, Duane (Brenda) Davis of Walhalla, ND; sisters-in-law, Pat (Al) Otto of Christine, Joyce (Bruce) Hendrickson of Kindred, and Terri (Jim) Anderson of Denson, IA; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dennis Davis; brother-in-law, Bill Hendrickson; and sister-in-law, Marcia Cowans.


Visitation - Friday: March 17, 2023 9:30 am - 10:00 am

Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred ND
5345 165 Ave SE.
Kindred ND,

Funeral Service - Friday: March 17, 2023 10:00 am

Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred ND
5345 165 Ave SE.
Kindred ND,

Burial: March 17, 2023 11:00 am

Kindred Cemetery, Kindred, ND
North Dakota,

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  1. May you find God’s peace in your dad/husband’s passi g..You all showed incredible strength and love as you took such loving care of Keith..I’m so sorry I couldn’t be there..
    I love you all!!

  2. Keith was my “much” older cousin even though he was only 4 years my senior. His family would visit Lake Lida often. Oh what mischief we would get into. One event involved “commondering” a double decker raft and god forbid got caught. We bolted, swam like dolphins, and ran like rabbits. We escaped, mostly, save our parents’ rath. Oh what antics our parents never learned about!

    Keith’s sacrifices and service to our country was honored at his 75th. birthday this summer with a Quilt of Honor. Thank you Keith for honoring us and our courtry with your military service.

    It was so special to reconnect with Keith again at Lake Lida and AZ the last few years after life caused us to drift apart. Linda, you snagged a great one, and he was also one lucky duck for catching you.

    Linda, Dawn, Amy, Alita, Dwayne, and family, cry as you must, hug each other till your arms ache, remember always his life and love, share those memories, laugh heartily, and reflect with joy those precious memories with others. He is always with us as long as we keep his memories alive in our hearts and stories of him on our lips.

    Blessings and peace always!

    Cousin Dean Davis

  3. My heart is broken ladies! I loved spending nights and weekends at your house and “dad” was a riot; he always had a smile or laugh and some kind of mischief in his eye. He loved you ladies more than words can say, shown by the time he spent with all of you, as well as inviting all your friends into his home. RIP Keith; you were a gem while here on earth with your family and the rest of us. Sending hugs to all of you, as I won’t be able to make it to the service due to work. 🤗💙

  4. I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Keith. I always enjoyed talking with him at the Express Lane in Kindred many years ago. He would come in often and talk up a storm. He always had a warm smile and a great story to share. My deepest sympathies to the family.

  5. Linda: We are so sorry to hear about Keith’s passing. He was a wonderful neighbor at the lake. He will be missed. Prayers to you and the family. Jon and Julie DuBord

  6. Amy (and Chad), Aleta and Dawn –
    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. May he rest in peace. Hugs to all .

    Marietta Behm

  7. Keith was the warmth and welcome in every room he was in. He truly was a gentle giant of a man and heart. We will all miss him. Den and Ellen Moran

  8. So sorry to hear of Keiths passing. I have missed seeing you at the lake for coffee on the deck and Keith helping me get the lawnmower going. Take care Linda and family.

  9. So sorry for your loss, people pass on but their memory lives on in your hearts. May the love of family and friends bring you peace and comfort at this time. With deepest Sympathy, Debbie (Kaatz) Garland.

  10. Dear Davis Family, My deepest sympathies to you. Keith was a very nice man and I loved to see him walking. I always thought he was so diligent with that and I always felt guilty for not following his lead :).

  11. Oh the memories I have of the cousins and Lake Lida! With two ladies sharing the house (our Davis grandmas) there was a passel of kids of all ages! We would have water fights all day long! We’d be exhausted, rest for a bit, then someone would pour a bucket of water on someone else and away we would go again! The cycle of life goes on and we are blessed to have our memories. The cycle just goes too fast. Hold on to the memories, it sounds cliche, but oh so true! Jackie Davis ❤️

  12. My sympathies to Linda and the family. Keith was my grade school classmate, and I have fond memories of him as we little children played in the school yard and around the town. He was kind and gentle, and I remember him always smiling. It was nice to see all the pictures of his beloved children and grandchildren.

  13. I worked several years with Keith in Valley City and there was never a dull moment when he was around. He always had nicknames for me and always treated me well both on and off work. I will miss him.

  14. Keith and I boxed each other in our school carnival. Keith was a lot taller then and kept hitting
    me on the top of the head. Of course it was a “DRAW” but I was about to go down by the end
    of the match. Condolences Linda, it’s been awhile! Prayers for your family!

  15. Aleta and sisters;
    I had planned to be there but life changed my plans. Please accept my sympathy and hugs. He is free from pain but will always be with you.

  16. Lots of good memories of Keith. Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. My family lived next door to his family on Maple street in Kindred. I started school with his brother Dennis. Keith was a year behind us. We ran the neighborhood together. Played games (anti-i-over over my dad’s garage, sat and talked on our front steps and in our back yards. Lit a lot of firecrackers together, sometimes almost blowing off fingers. Shot gophers out in the fields behind our houses. Sat outside of Keith and Dennis’s bedroom window listening to their Beach Boy albums. Argued about whose Dad drank the better beer – his dad drank Grain Belt and my dad drank Hamm’s. And later drank an occasional beer together. Shared the heartbreak when his brother Dennis died. Over the years we gradually saw less of each other, but it was always a good time when we got together. We both came from good families and both shared the love for getting together with our families through the years. Doing things for our kids and family members. Linda, I wish I had gotten to see you and Keith more in the later years. My condolences to you over Keith’s passing. He was a very good man. Old friend, Allen Erickson.

  17. Dawn, Amy, and Aleta,
    So very sorry to hear about your dad. Thinking about you all.
    Love and prayers,
    Cari & Miles

  18. On behalf of my son Andrew(Drew), myself and our family, we send our deepest condolences 💐 to Kylie and her family. We pray asking The Lord to send his Comforter to the family and friends. Andrew spoke so highly of Mr. Keith how they enjoyed the debating of which branch of the USA military was best, The Navy or The AirFroce. Also the joy of what they shared in common was they both joined the military at 17 years old, (what Mr Keith didn’t know is The Navy was Andrew 1st choice) and their love for Kylie. Kylie is a beautiful, loving, kind hearted, intelligent young lady, my son is blessed to be apart of her life. I personally didn’t have the honor to meet the war hero, but listening to my son and Kylie sharing how wonderful he was, Mr. Keith, Thank you for your services, I salute you. May you Rest In Peace, Blessings Overflow 🙏🏽❤️💐

  19. I want to send my sincere sympathy to all of Keith’s family: He had a great life and served in the Navy and worked hard as a line man and spread his kindness to all which is a special trait to have and is dearly needed in this world we live in now. Thank you Keith for your service and the kindness in our town called Kindred. Jon KHS 1965

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