Hastings resident Richard J. “Dick” Davey, 87, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020,
at his home holding hands with his wife.
Rosary is 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 24, at Butler Volland Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial is
10 a.m. Saturday, July 25, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Hastings with Father
Thomas Brouillette officiating. Mass will be live-streamed on Livingston Butler Volland
Funeral Home Facebook page for those who are unable to attend in person. Burial with
military rites by Hastings Military Honor Guard will be at Parkview Cemetery in
Hastings. Visitation is 1-6:30 p.m. Friday with family present 5-6:30 p.m. at the funeral
home, and one hour prior to service at the church. Memorials may be given to St.
Michael’s Catholic Church or Hope Lodge in Omaha. Since there are material sharing
restrictions, we ask that you bring your own pen for signing the registration book or
memorial envelopes. If you do not bring one, we can do that for you. We ask that you do
your best to maintain social distancing. Private condolences may be sent to the family at
www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation Center is
serving the family.
Dick was born on February 23, 1933, in Hastings, NE to B.G. and Alma Davey, the
youngest of three sons. He grew up in Hastings and graduated from St. Cecilia Catholic
High School in 1951. He attended Hastings College until he was drafted into the Army.
Dick served in Korea from March 1953 to January 1955.
Dick married his high school sweetheart, Mavis Mahoney, on February 12, 1955. They
had two daughters, Nancy and Denise. He worked for Burlington Railroad, Consolidated
Motor Freight, P.I.E. Nationwide, and Industrial Irrigation. He was a member of the
Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, Elks Country Club, and Disabled American Veterans
and was an acolyte and lector for St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
Dick was an avid sports fan throughout his life. He played Legion baseball, basketball,
and football in high school and was a lifelong Huskers fan. He and Mavis were loyal fans
to both St. Cecilia High School and Hastings College sports and often traveled to cheer
on their teams. He also enjoyed attending and following the many sports and activities of
his daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren throughout the years. In true Dick
fashion, he developed many friendships along the way.
Dick’s favorite pastime was golf. He always said he wanted to play until he matched his
wife’s hole-in-one. His family assumes he’s already working on that goal up in heaven!
Dick was baptized into the Catholic faith and continued that practice throughout his life.
He courageously fought his battle with cancer. Because of his faith, he was ready to go
home to his Heavenly Father.
Through it all, he never lost the quick wit personality everyone loved. He touched many
lives and was cherished by those who knew him as a loving husband, proud Dad,
wonderful Papa, and dedicated friend.
Rich was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert (Ellen) Davey and
Wilford Davey; and sister-in-law and her husband, Diane and Loras Baumhover.
Dick is survived by his wife and best friend of 65 years, Mavis; daughters, Nancy (Mike)
Cary of Littleton, CO and Denise (Mike) Spilinek of Grand Island, NE; grandchildren,
Lindsay (Jeff) Bertrandt of Big Bend, WI, Geoff Spilinek of Raymore, MO, Richard
“Drew” (Kathleen) Spilinek of Antioch, CA, Allison (Todd) Earley of Littleton, CO, and
Rachel (Bobby) Sharkey of Parker, CO; seven great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and
his wife, Larry and Bernie Mahoney of Iowa City, IA; and many nieces, nephews, and