Passing of Richard Davis|
By Dave Hubbert on 8/1/2006|
Richard E. “Dick” Davis, age 60, of Edison, died on Wednesday morning July 19, 2006 in Marion General Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer.|
He was born in Galion, Ohio, on September 20, 1945, the son of the late Eldon W. and Helen V. (Smith) Davis. A lifelong resident of Morrow County, Dick graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the Class of 1965.
Following graduation, Dick enlisted into the U.S. Navy, serving as a gunner’s mate aboard the USS Richard A. Anderson, DD786, and the USS Quapaw, ATF 110, which took him into Vietnam, a veteran of the Vietnam War.
On October 5, 1970, Dick married his loving wife of over 35 years Ruth Ann (Kanniard) Davis in Clintwood, Virginia.
A tireless worker, Dick has worked several jobs; he was a machinist at H.P.M., a salesman for Wiehe’s True Value and Edison Billiards, a lumberjack at St. James Lumber, an attendant at Max Sebring’s Gulf Station, drove truck for his brother at Davis Distributing, and for 21 years he worked up through the ranks to lieutenant at the Marion Correctional Institute until he retired in 2003.
Dick was a member of the First Nazarene Church of Mount Gilead and the V.F.W. Post 8054.
An avid fisherman, he enjoyed every moment out on the water, whether that was at Alum Creek, Lake Erie, in Canada, or at any small pond. He also enjoyed hunting; primarily squirrel.
Dick was a man of his word, and never met a stranger. He will be dearly missed by his family, who he cherished spending time with. They have wonderful memories together, especially cutting wood together after he finished working.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Andy (Barbie) Davis of Edison; his daughter Angie (Bill) Drake of Mount Gilead; four grandchildren Austin & Elijah, and William & Brandon Drake; his twin brother Bob (Jane) Davis of Mount Gilead and Jim (Beverly) Davis of Circleville; three sisters Patty (Charles) Lynn of Ashley, Ann (Richard) Cochran of Cardington, and Maxine (Wendell) Shipley of Mansfield; aunt Olga Marie Smith of Marion; uncles Everett & Edwin (Lenore) Smith of Marion; brothers-in-law Gene (June) Kanniard of Johnstown, Dick Kanniard of Marengo, Harold (Mary) Kanniard of Bradford, and Bill Kanniard of Ashley; sisters-in-law Rosalene Davis of Mount Gilead, Irene Kanniard of Ashley, Maxine (Leroy) Heinz of Orrville, Cathy (Fred) Craley of Granville, Evey Hedrick of Waldo, Dottie (Dick) Hill of Jacksonville, Florida, and Pauline (Dave) Davis of Columbus; several nieces and nephews; and his best friend Mike Allen of Marion.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister Gertrude Davis, two brothers Delbert & Danny Davis, aunts Nellie Smith, Gertrude Branaman, and Blanche Fisher, parents-in-law John and Stacca (Adah) Kanniard, brothers-in-law Bob & John Kanniard, and a sister-in-law Doris Kanniard.
The family will greet friends on Friday from 2 – 4 & 6 - 8 p.m. at the Craven & Snyder Funeral Home, 67 North Main Street, Mount Gilead, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Ronald Fry officiating. Burial with military honors by V.F.W. Post 8054 and Am Vets Post 87 will follow at Worden Cemetery in Edison. The Marion Correctional Institute honor guard will be serving as pallbearers.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 2545 Farmers Drive, Suite 300, Columbus, Ohio, 43235.
Per Dick’s request, he asks that everyone dress casually and comfortably.
Online condolences can be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Courtesy Snyder Funeral Homes