Bill Davis, 88

William E. “Bill” Davis, 88 years, of Bryan, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Genesis HealthCare – Bryan Center. Bill was born in Reading, Michigan, the son of the late Glenn and Ethel Davis. He was a 1942 graduate of Reading High School. He was an Army veteran of WWII, serving in the 3rd Army in France and Germany where he received a Bronze Battle Star, victory Medal and an American Theater Ribbon for his service. Bill attended UCLA during his Army service. He then attended Tri-State College where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1948. He married Annabelle Swaney on September 16, 1951 in West Unity. Bill was employed by ARO Corporation retiring in 1989 as Manager of Corporate Manufacturing Development after 41 years of employment. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and the Methodist Men’s Club, the Maumee Valley Model T’s Club, the Bryan Lion’s Club where he had served as a Past President, the Bryan American Legion Post #284, Bryan Moose Lodge 1064, and he was a life member of Fort Wayne Chapter 56 Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He was also involved in Junior Achievement. Bill enjoyed woodworking and auto restoration. He was a member of several antique automobile clubs. He also enjoyed traveling with his favorite places being the British Isles and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Bill enjoyed vacationing off the beaten path and traveling on Model “T” tours.

Surviving are his wife, Annabelle of Bryan; one daughter, Patricia (Jack) Adams of Cincinnati; one son, Richard W. Davis of Bowling Green, Ohio.

Visitation for William E. “Bill” Davis will be held Monday, June 3, 2013 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 206 North Lynn Street, Bryan. Funeral services for Bill will begin at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 903 Center Street, Bryan with Rev. Jeffery Motter and Rev. Becky Schofield Motter officiating. Interment will follow in Shiffler Cemetery, rural Bryan with Military Graveside Rites accorded by the Bryan American Legion Post #284. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church.

In lieu of flowers and due to floral allergies, the family has requested that those planning an expression of sympathy consider memorial contributions to Wesley United Methodist Church or to the Bryan Lion’s Club.

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