William E. "Bill" Davis Jr., 83, of Wakeman, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky, after a lengthy illness.
Bill was born Oct. 4, 1924, in Elyria, son of the late, William E. and Bertha (Landoll) Davis. He resided in Wakeman for the past 55 years. He was a 1942 graduate of Wakeman High School where he excelled in sports. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during WWII. He served in the Pacific Theater aboard a landing craft support vessel (LCS 84) as a gunnery mate; of particular note, at the Battle of Okinawa. He retired from Ridge Tool Company, Elyria, as a machinist in the chaser department in 1987 with more than 35 years of service.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Wakeman; American Legion Post 689; and Knights of Columbus 626, Norwalk. He was a founding member and coach of the original Townsend-Wakeman-Camden Little League and was active in the construction of the former Jenny Field in Wakeman. He enjoyed traveling -- especially visiting his children and grandchildren in various states and countries. He was an avid sports fan and attended countless Western Reserve sporting events in support of his children and the community. He also enjoyed the Cleveland professional sport teams. Bill was renowned for his sense of humor. His hobbies included flower and vegetable gardening and his long-running Thursday night poker playing.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Betty White of New London; his children, William E. "Ed" (Peggy [Cassidy]) Davis of Norwalk, Denise (Frank) Walley of Plano, Texas, Jeannette (Dick) Vasquez of Tucson, Ariz., Carol (Patrick) Finnegan of Amherst, LTC John (Kathy [Olcott]) Davis of Plano, LTC Gregory (Lianne [Greene]) Davis of Plano, Barbara (Steve) Kill of St. Marys, Ohio, Lorraine (Dave) Grosswiler of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Mary Clare (Patrick) Haeuptle of Sandusky, Kelly Davis of Plano, Tracy and (Jules) Abbosh of Jacksonville, Fla., Peter (Tina) Davis of Norwalk, Colleen (David) Goetz of Kissimmee, Fla., and Jere (Marianne) Davis of Plano; 42 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eileen Pheifer of New London and Bertha Coultrip of Wakeman; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins .
He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Nadine L. (St. Marie) Davis in 1988; and a sister, Mary Marvin.
Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at Morman Funeral Home, 16 Cooper St., Wakeman, with prayer services at 8:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 46 E. Main St., Wakeman. The Rev. Doug Taylor and the Rev. Dennis L. St. Marie will co-officiate. Burial, with military rites, will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Wakeman.
Memorials may be made to Western Reserve High School Athletic Fund, U.S. 20, Collins, OH 44826 or to the American Diabetes Association, Cleveland Office, 4500 Rockside Road, Suite 440, Independence, OH 44131.
Condolences may be made at mormanfh.com.