In Memory of

Charlene Roye (Gehrke) Davis

September 16, 1943 - April 29, 2019


Mrs. Charlene Roye Davis, 75, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2019. A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the St. Luke’s Foundation Mid America Heart Institute, 901 E. 104th St. 100 South, Kansas City, MO 64131.

Charlene was born September 16, 1943 in St. Louis, MO

She graduated from Normandy High School and attended college at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where she met her husband, Wade, of 53 years. Charlene and Wade eventually settled in Lee’s Summit, Missouri in 1969, where they raised their three children. Charlene’s notable work life began with volunteerism in Republican politics. After working as a county coordinator for then gubernatorial candidate Christopher S. Bond in 1972, she garnered herself a spot as a national delegate for presidential nominee Gerald Ford. Charlene worked for the Jackson County Board of Elections for 34 years, where she retired as the Republican Director of Elections in 2009. Along the way, she was called on at a state and federal level to advise legislators and executives on the policy and law surrounding fair elections. A highlight of her career was a 2000 interview on the national news, relating to a notable election issue. She was an invaluable member of the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT) since 1982, where she served as Treasurer for nine years and as an avid fundraiser, allowing the Association to maintain support for safe and fair elections worldwide.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Melba Gehrke, and father, Charles Gehrke. She is survived by her husband, W. Wade Davis, Jr., brother, Daniel Gehrke, sister-in-law, Judi Gehrke, three children Danielle Osterloth (Davis), Christopher Davis,and M. Craig Davis, and their spouses, and ten grandchildren.


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DD, Chris and Craig
I have such fond childhood memories of your mom (from playing and overnights at your house, going to church to working elections and travels to Hermann) and it saddens me so to learn of your loss. It’s not easy to lose a parent. Wishing you all including your father much strength during your time of grief. Love you all!!

I’m very sorry for your family’s loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

Keith and Gina

What a wonderful person, dedicated to your family, your profession, and your Country, and to God. God Bless you and may you Rest In Peace. May God Bless you and comfort your family. RIP.

So sorry to hear. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Susan Hughes
Kirkwood, MO

Charlene was a most generous and loving women. She loved family and was always with them when and wherever possible. I remember when she and Wade came to my wedding in Astoria, Or. They were very helpful helping me move. She will be missed and much loved.
Hugs to all,
Kathleen and Jim Hudson the is

My deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to Charl’s family. I had the privilege of being her democratic counterpart for 22 years. Not only was she my coworker, she was my dear friend! If there are elections in Heaven she’ll make sure they are done right. RIP my dear friend RIP!

So many find memories of our time together.from working together at the election board. Going food shopping for election day, to spending time after our retirement together. She was my friend and I will miss her so much.this past year we have worried about each other a lot. Reast in peace my friend.God Bless

I can’t believe my best buddy from 2nd grade has left us. Who will I call to get political opinion? Who will I call to get the latest Normandy news? Who will I call to share family updates of the Nixon’s and the Davis’s.
So glad we had such great experiences together!
Hugs to all! Wade, Dani, Chris, Craig she loved you all so much. Lizzie

My sorrow is felt as the family finds they’re way through this loss…my thoughts in prayer goes out to you all…celebrate the time and memories you had with her and she shall remain in your hearts forever…
Love and light, Pam

So sorry for your losing Charlene & praying God comforts all of you!
Love Laurie (Greg’s sister)


Saturday, May 4, 2019
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063


Saturday, May 4, 2019
10:30 AM
Langsford Funeral Home
115 SW 3rd St
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063