Nov. 12, 1925 — Dec. 30, 2011
God loaned us an amazing gift for 86 years. William W. Davis returned home to his Father and Savior on December 30, 2011. William (Bill) Davis, eldest of seven children born to Curtis V. Davis Sr. and Florence (Weaver) Davis, was born November 12, 1925 in Warren, Ohio. He graduated from Portage High School, Portage, Ohio in 1943. After graduation, he was a farm hand until he was inducted into the United States Army on April 30, 1944. William was part of the Corporal Headquarters Battery, 779th Field Artillery Battalion and served 14 months in the Philippines during WWII. He received the following decorations and citations: American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal World. He was honorably discharged following his service to his country. William went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Education from Bowling Green State University.
William married the love of his life Marilyn J. Miller on December 27, 1952 at Grace Lutheran Church, Fremont, Ohio. The couple recently quietly celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary by proclaiming how truly blessed they were to have each other. William and Marilyn Davis had six children: Pam (Sam) Guerra of Madison, Ohio, Diane (Bill) Janowich of Huron, Terry (Tammy) Davis of Port Clinton, Karen (Tom) Keller of Sylvania, Tom (Stephanie) Davis of London, Ontario, Canada, and Barbara Mitchell of Port Clinton. William was the best role model that any child could hope to emulate.
William Davis loved and served God, his country and his family with his whole being. He was best known as husband, father, grandfather, teacher, mentor, advisor and friend. William was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Port Clinton and then transferred to Sheppard of the Hills Lutheran, Dade City, Florida when the couple moved to Zephyrhills, Florida in 1984. William, fondly known to his students as Sarge, retired from Danbury High School in 1977 with 27 years of service to education where he taught Industrial Arts and Drivers Education. He retired with a total of 33 years of service to his country. Additionally, he was a Sunday school teacher, Auxiliary State Patrol Officer, park ranger at East Harbor State Park, life-long VFW and American Legion member, and served as Danbury Township Clerk and Trustee. When not working, he loved to “putter” in his shop, square dance, and play cards.
William is survived by his loving wife Marilyn, his six children, 13 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Additionally, he is survived by three brothers: Curtis (Edna) Davis Jr. of Bowling Green, Ohio, Sidney (Lois) Davis Sr. of Zephyrhills, Florida and Irvin (Darlene) Davis of Marblehead, Ohio and one sister: Florence (Richard) Kimmel of Nunn, Colorado. William was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Alice (Carlo) Roppainen and Bertha Davis (died in infancy).
A private family service will be held. William will receive a military funeral and be buried at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio. The family requests that donations be made to the Sheppard of the Hills Lutheran Church, 37015 Orange Valley Lane, Dade City, FL 33525.