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Mr. Floyd C. Davidson - 2502 North 5th St., passed away Monday Sept. 20, 1976. Mr. Davidson was born March 7, 1899, in Sturgis, Mich., son of Clinton and Annette Davidson and had been a resident here for over 50 years.  Before his retirement, he had been employed by the Checker Motors Corp.  Surviving are his wife, Flossie;  4 sons and 7 daughters,  Mrs. Leo (Maxine) Harness of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Virgil (Juanita) Hillicker of Dot Lake, Alaska,  Mrs. Mel (Ruth) Kahl of North Ridge, Calif.,  Mrs. Robert (Pauline) Hawkins of Gobles,  Floyd Dale, Arthur L., Mrs. Dell (Mildred) Foster,  Mrs. Bruce (Joan) Wellington, Wallace P., all of Kalamazoo,  Charles E. of Naples, Idaho,  Mrs. Thomas (Patricia) Craft of Agoura, Calif.;  26 grandchildren;  15 great-grand-children;  2 sisters and one brother,  Mrs. Grace Dean of Battle Creek,  Mrs. Faith Wood of Schoolcraft and Paul Davidson of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Thursday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Linda Stoddard of the Northwest United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 21 Sep 1976

Mrs. R. Eva Davidson - 50 Thomas St., Galesburg, age 84.  Passed away Saturday morning in Battle Creek.  Born Oct. 1, 1887 at Gobles, the daughter of Willis D. and Sarah Jane Smith.  She resided in the Kalamazoo-Oshtemo area most of her life, and the past 10 years in Galesburg.  She was married to Dr. O. Glenn Davidson in 1910.  Dr. Davidson passed away Oct. 18, 1950.  She was a graduate of Albion College as a music major and taught  piano in Kalamazoo and Galesburg for many years.  She was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, the Oshtemo Polly-Anna Club, the Galesburg Mothers Club, Gray Ladies of Kalamazoo;  St. Luke’s Choir Mothers Guild, Corinthian Chapter OES and Music Study Club of Kalamazoo.  Surviving are two sons, the Rev. Dr. J. Lavere Davidson and Richard D. Davidson, both of Kalamazoo;  one daughter, Mrs. M. Elaine Gilpin of South Bend;  eight grandchildren;  five great-grandchildren;  one sister;  Mrs. Mildred Smith of Galesburg. Friends are being received at the Hoag-Schmitts Funeral Home, Galesburg, after 4 p.m. Sunday.  Requiem 10 a.m. from the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Rev. James C. Holt officiating.  Interment at Riverside Cemetery. source: Kalamazoo Gazette Sunday 2 Jan 1972

Mrs. Edna N. Davis - 2726 Virginia Ave., passed away Sunday January 30, 1972.  Mrs. Davis was born Oct. 16, 1908, in Nashua, N.H., the daughter of Leroy and Mary Adams and had resided in this area for the past 36 years.  She was a member of Faith Reformed Church.  On Sept. 27, 1931, she was married to Ray Earl Davis, in Nashua, N.H., who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons, Theodore E. of Kalamazoo and Rodger O. of Los Angeles, Calif.;  2 step-children, Mrs. George (Dorothy) Wagner of Union City and Ray E. Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz.; 22 grandchildren;  16 great-grandchildren.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Cornelius Van Heest officiating.  Interment in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 31 Jan 1972

Mr. Charles C. Davis - 10301 N. 45th St., Augusta, age 73, passed away Monday evening (10 May 1976) at Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo, following a lingering illness.  Mr. Davis was born March 3, 1903, in Fife Lake, Mich., son of Ross and Minnie Hickok Davis and lived most of his lifetime in the Augusta area.  He retired in 1968 from the Augusta Basket Factory.  He was married to Myrna Felder, Sept. 9, 1925, in Richland, who survives. Also surviving are 4 daughters, Mrs. Samuel (Letha) Philpott of Hastings,  Mrs. Bruce (Donna) Brooker, Battle Creek,  Mrs. Marvel Yancer of Battle Creek,  Mrs. Robert (Shirley) Shaw of Ft. Wayne, Ind.;  one son, Morris Davis of Kalamazoo;  a son, Ardia, preceded him in death in 1954.  19 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren;  one sister,  Mrs. Lorraine Corey of Muskegon;  one brother, Earl Davis of Riverview, Fla.;  several nieces and nephews.  Friends are being received at the Williams Funeral Home, Delton, where services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. with Pastor Charles Jones, of the Augusta Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment in East Hickory Corners Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 11 May 1976

Gordon W. Davis - Dies in Florida, Word has been received here of the death last Wednesday of former Kalamazoo resident, Gordon W. Davis. Davis, 84, died in Ft. Myers, Fla., where he resided for the past two years.  Survivors include his wife, Grace, and a brother, Cameron L. Davis, of Kalamazoo and Naples, Fla.  Other survivors include a half-brother, James C. Davis, of Mesa, Ariz.;  a half-sister, Mrs. Marian Whiteman, of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; and step-mother, Mrs. Elma Davis of Boulder, Colo.  Born in Kalamazoo, Davis attended Northwestern University and Western Michigan University.  He was a lieutenant during World War I and later worked in the construction industry.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 17 Jan 1977

Mr. Lloyd E. Davis - 8833 East Q Ave., Scotts, age 81, passed away Saturday (10 Jul 1976) night at the Matheson Nursing Home, Galesburg, where he had been a patient for a number of years.  He was born in Ellendale, N.D., Sept. 2, 1894, and had come to this area in 1923.  He had worked as a produce farmer and served in the U.S. Army during World War I.   Surviving are 3 sons, Max of Battle Creek,  Dale of Scotts and Charles of Kalamazoo;  3 daughters, Mrs. Robert (Virginia) Mitchell of California,  Mrs. Jack (Maxine) Wilson of Portage and Mrs. Richard (Sandy) Elsman of Kalamazoo;   14 grandchildren;  8 great-grandchildren;  2 brothers of North Dakota and a sister in Washington, D.C.  The family will receive friends at the Hoag-Switzer Funeral Home, Galesburg, from 7 to 9 Monday and Tuesday evenings, where funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., Rev. Steve Smith of the First Assembly of God Church, Kalamazoo, officiating.  Interment in Gilson Cemetery, Scotts.   Friends who wish, may make contributions to a memorial of their choice.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 12 July 1976

Mrs. Lydia Davis - (Mrs. Lloyd) Former Area Resident Dies,  A former Galesburg resident, Mrs. Lloyd (Lydia) Davis, died Friday in Fife Lake, Mich., at the age of 74.  The funeral will be held Monday in Kalkaska.  Mrs. Davis moved away from Galesburg to the Traverse city area about 15 years ago.  She is survived by two daughters, both former residents of this area, Mrs. Beatrice Sattler of Kalkaska and Mrs. Marion Heid of Fife Lake.  Other survivors include eight grandchildren, including Mrs. Ann Heath of Augusta, and six great grandchildren.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 16 Oct 1976

Mr. Walter B. Davis - 1930 S. 35th St.,  passed away Wednesday morning, Oct. 13, 1976 in Battle Creek.   Mr. Davis was born Oct. 23, 1902, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Horace and Mary Davis.  He was a member of the Galesburg Baptist Church.  He had been employed in maintenance department at Western Michigan University. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion, in 1974.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Wendel (Delores) Benson of Battle Creek;  2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren;  one sister, Mrs. James (Alice) Gooden of Youngstown, Ohio.  Memorial services will be held Friday morning at 10 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Mr. Jack Roomsburg officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Thurs 14 Oct 1976

Mrs. Myrtle K. Davis - 605 Arthur Ave., passed away May 2, 1977, in Borgess Hospital.  Mrs. Davis was born Sept. 22, 1880, in Arborville, Nebr., the daughter of the late Martin and Sarah Kingston and had resided in Kalamazoo for many years. She was a member of the Winchell Ave. Disciples of Christ Church.  Surviving are a niece and several cousins.  Friends may call at the McKane Funeral Home, Bangor, this evening from 7 to 8 p.m.  Graveside services 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Arlington Hill Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 4 May 1977

Mr. Charles A. Davis - 13607  S. 42nd St., Fulton, passed away Sunday (27 Feb 1972) morning at Franklin Community Hospital.   Mr. Davis was born May 19, 1886, in Roachdale, Ind., the son of Francis and Purlina Davis.  He is survived by one granddaughter, Mrs. Victor (Marjorie) Girolami of Fulton;  8 great-grandchildren;  3 great-great-grandchildren.  Mr. Davis was taken to the Proeschel-Crawford Funeral Home, Hamilton, Ohio, where services will be held Wednesday 2 p.m.  Arrangements by the Rupert-Durham Funeral Home, Vicksburg. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 28 Feb 1972

David William Dawson - Died in Mt. View, Calif., April 22, 1976. Beloved husband of Mrs. Nancy L. Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif.;  dear son of Mr. and Mrs. Clive H. Dawson, Menlo Park, Calif.; formerly of Kalamazoo;  devoted brother of Douglas Dawson, Los Angeles, Calif.;  loving grandson of Mrs. Jessie L. Dawson, San Mateo, Calif.,  dear nephew of Ted Hucklebridge, Santa Rosa, Calif.  Funeral services were held Monday, April 26,1976, at 2 p.m. at the Colonial Mortuary of Crosby-N.Gray & co., No. 2 Park Rd., Burlingame, Calif.  Interment followed at Skylawn Memorial Park, San Mateo, Calif.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Tues 27 Apr 1976

Mr. Normal Neal Davis - 819 Ampersee, passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 22, 1976.  Mr. Davis was born July 18, 1891, in Dowagiac, Mich., son of Norman J. Tige Davis and Rosie Davis and had been a resident of Kalamazoo for 74 years.  He was a member of the Indiana Association of Spiritualism.  He retired from the American Cynamid Co. and also did lawn maintenance.  Surviving are his wife, Dolly A.;  one son, Norma Neal Davis Jr. of Kalamazoo;  3 step-children, Mrs. Mary Perkins of Wilburforce, Ohio, Mrs. Matha Holt and Richard Brown, both of Kalamazoo;  4 grandchildren;  7 step-grandchildren;  3 great-grandchildren;  one step-great-granddaughter;  one sister, Miss Bertha M. Davis of Kalamazoo.  Mr. Davis was cremated.  Graveside services will be held Wednesday, March 10, 1 o’clock at Riverside Cemetery. Arrangements by the Langeland Chapels.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 23 Feb 1976

Mrs. Cora E. Dean - 547 E. Dutton St., passed away Wednesday, May 3, 1972.  Mrs. Dean was born April 19, 1883 in Crawford County, Ind. the daughter of Thomas and Eunice Wilks and had been a resident here for 50 years.  Surviving are:  her husband, Homer H. Dean;  3 daughters, Mrs. Vanita Langermann, Mrs. I.W. (Pauline) Minor and Mrs. Ray (Delinda) Noel all of Kalamazoo;  5 grandchildren;  5 great-grandchildren.  Memorial services will be held Saturday at 11 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Benjamin L. Herring of the Winchell Ave. Disciples of Christ officiating.  Interment in Mt. Ever-Rest Cemetery.  Friends may meet the family at the chapel this evening from 7 to 9.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Fri 5 May 1972

Dr. Mary Dawson - Died at the home of her brother, Robert Dawson in Defiance, OH, on Tuesday, April 2, 2002. Mary was born on April 28, 1948 to Veda (Davis) and William Dawson, in Akron, OH. She graduated from Bryan High School in 1966, and received her B.S. degree in Physical Education in 1969 from Western Michigan University. She received her Masters and Doctorate degrees from Indiana University. She joined the faculty at Western Michigan University in 1979, where she was a researcher and helped the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation establish and maintain one of the finest biomechanics laboratories in the Midwest. She was active in research, writing or co-writing more than thirty articles for journals and conferences in her field, and was a member of forty-six of her department's thesis committees. She was recently chosen as the recipient of the distinguished WMU Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award.  Prior to going to WMU she taught at Indiana University, Kentucky Wesleyan and Battle Creek Michigan Public Schools. She is survived by her mother, Veda Dawson of Bryan; brothers, Robert of Defiance, John of Danville, OH; half-sister, Bonnie Dawson White of Greely, CO; 7 nieces and nephews and 7 great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, William; and a half-sister, Phyllis Schriber. At her request there will be no visitation and the services will be private. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Arrangements are being handled by Rice Funeral Home, Bryan, OH.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette April 7, 2002

Mrs. Zella B. Davis - 1028 Forest Dr., West Lake, Portage, age 76, passed away at her home on Saturday (May 21, 1977).  Mrs. Davis was born in Factoryville, Mich, May 4, 1901, daughter of the late Andrew and Alice Stooker Bower and had made her home at West Lake since 1936.  She graduated from Colon High School with the class of 1918 and then from the International Business College of Ft. Wayne, Ind. in 1923.  For several years, she worked for the Kalamazoo County Road Commission and then continued in Accounting, retiring in 1965. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church of Kalamazoo,  Ladies Library Assoc.,  Kalamazoo Area Doll Club, the ladies organization of the Exchange Club and had also been very active in a supervisory capacity in the Campfire and Pioneer Girls Clubs.  Surviving are her husband, Robert Ted;   2 nieces, Mrs. Neva Orchel of Fulton and Vera Bower of Factoryville;  5 grand-nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by one sister, 3 brothers and one nephew.  Relatives and friends may call at the Schippers Funeral Home, Colon, where services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m., Pastor Bruce A. Jenkins and Pastor Willard Farrier, both of Eagle, Mich., officiating.  Interment, Lakeside Cemetery, Colon. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 23 May 1977

Mrs. Emma F. Day - Rte 2, Schoolcraft, age 89, passed away Sunday (11 July 1976)  evening at Bronson Hospital.  Mrs. Day was born in Marcellus, Jan. 10, 1887, daughter of Fred and Marie Zorn Westfall and had lived in the Schoolcraft area for many years.  In Nov. of 1904, she was married to George Day, who preceded her in death  March 27, 1962.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Pauline Parker of Rte 2, Schoolcraft;  one granddaughter;  2 great-grandchildren;  several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Robertson Funeral Home, Schoolcraft, after 7 p.m. this evening, where services will be held Wednesday 11 a.m., Rev. Gerald B. Best officiating.  Burial in Hope Cemetery, Texas Township.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 12 July 1976

Mrs. Mary Dayton - 5823 Downing St., Portage, passed away May 26, 1972 at Bronson Hospital.  She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary No. 6252 Comstock, the C.W.A. Local and had been with Michigan Bell Telephone Service Dept. for 16 years.  She is survived by her husband, Starr;  two sons, Stanley at Comstock and Starr Jr. at home;  two daughters, Mrs. George Caldwell, Comstock and Shirley at home;  her mother, Mrs. Mirta Kellogg, Paw Paw;  two grandchildren;  several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Prindle Funeral Home where services will be held 2 o’clock Tuesday with the Rev. Charles Mercer officiating.  Interment, Oak Grove Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 29 May 1972

Mr. R. Earle Davis - 2726 Virginia Ave., passed away Thursday afternoon August 24, 1972.  Mr. Davis was born January 22, 1899, in Kalamazoo County, and was a lifelong resident of this area.  He was a veteran of World War I and before his retirement, was employed as an electrician and machinist.  Mr. Davis was a member of the Faith Reformed Church, International Brotherhood of Electricians Local 131 and Roy Canavan Post 213 American Legion Post of Vicksburg.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna May, in January of 1972, and a son, Rodger O. Davis in August of 1972.  Surviving are 2 sons and one daughter, Mrs. George (Dorothy) Wagner of Union City,  Ray Earle Davis Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz.  and Ted E. Davis of Kalamazoo;  several grandchildren and great-grandchildren;  one brother and 3 sisters, Parker Heighton,  Mrs. Flora Wyman,  Mrs. Catherine McWhirter and Mrs. Irene Ailes, all of Oshtemo;  several nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held Saturday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. David A. Bruininks officiating.  Interment in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Schoolcraft.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Fri 25 Aug 1972

Mrs. Eleanor G. Deal - 2211 Chevy Chase Dr., passed away quietly at the residence Sept. 19, 1972.  Mrs. Deal was born April 8, 1923, in Belle Vernon, Pa., and had been a resident here since 1950.  Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1945, where she was affiliated with Delta Delta Delta sorority.  Married to John L. Deal June 26, 1948.  Member of the First United Presbyterian Church and Board of Directors of Lakeside Boys and Girls Residence.  Surviving in addition to her husband are, one son, John Bradley Deal, Kalamazoo,  Miss Natalie B. Deal and Miss Nancy A. Deal, at home;  her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Walter D. Gemmill, Normalville, Pa.;  one sister, Mrs. John E. Brownell, Jr. of Fox Chapel, Pa.  The family will be at  the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Thursday.  A memorial service will be held  1 p.m. Friday at the First United Presbyterian Church, Rev. David W. McShane officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lakeside Boys and Girls Residence of the First United Presbyterian Church.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 20 Sep 1972

Mr. Charles R. Day - 502 Gingham, Portage, passed away Sunday (18 July 1971) evening in Veterans Hospital, Ann Arbor, where he had been a patient for the last 12 days.  Mr. Day was born August 25, 1926 in Tuscalusa, Ala., son of Walter E. and Gladys Day and had resided in the Vicksburg area for the past four years.  Mr. Day had served in the Navy in World War II;  prior to that he had been in sales and advertising business.  He is survived by:  his wife, Willadean;  three sons, Calvin R., Jeff and Steve all of Greenville, Michigan; his mother, Mrs. Gladys Rettig;  one brother, Warren, both of Tuscalusa, Ala.;  several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call after 7 p.m. this evening at the Rupert-Durham Funeral Home, Vicksburg where services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Charles Terry officiating.  Interment, South Portage Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 19 July 1971


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