Walter Jay Davis
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Passed away peacefully at home on June 29, 2014, at the age of 61 after a yearlong brief bout with brain cancer. Walter was born February 18, 1953, in Yuma, Arizona, to Archie and Merilyn (Montignani) Davis who predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his baby brother Randy and his older brother David.
Walter was employed by the Michigan State University Department of Human Resources as a systems analyst at the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Sherry Halpert Davis; daughter, Emily Davis (Bobby) Trudgeon; grandson, Robert Jay Trudgeon; siblings, Carol Stehlik, Gail (John) Hayes, Archie (Kris) Davis, Merilyn (Allen) Botorff and Danny (Tammy) Davis, as well as many nieces and nephews, friends and relatives. Walter was a brilliant man with a great personality and even greater sense of humor. He was eccentric...a large part of his charm. He was liked by everyone he met. A devoted father and husband, Walter loved doing household projects. He replaced his 4000 square foot roof by himself with no experience, no training and a huge fear of heights. This is a perfect example of Walter's belief that he could do anything he tried. Walter was a very hard worker. He put himself through school while working on a dump truck mornings and attending classes afterwards. He loved to learn and loved to teach. Both were his passion. He worked full time once he earned his Master's Degree in Computer Science and taught part time at LCC for 20 years.
Walter was a great story teller, a trait passed on to him from generations before. He could talk about almost anything and did. He got great pleasure from stimulating conversation and debates. Walter will be missed by so many for his great sense of humor, fascinating stories and deep caring for others. It seems very ironic that a man of such great intelligence would lose his life to brain cancer.
Per his request, Walter will be cremated. A memorial service was held for him on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the National Brain Tumor Society for Oligo Research, 55 Chapel Street, Suite 200, Newton, MA 02458, Hospice of Lansing, Inc., 4052 Legacy Parkway, Lansing, MI 48911, or Congregation Kehillat Israel, 2014 Forest Road, Lansing, MI 48910. The family wishes to express its deepest gratitude to The Department of Human Resources at Michigan State University, Care Connections Home Health Care, the Neuro Step Down Unit at Sparrow Hospital, Hospice of Lansing and all others who contributed their love, prayers and support throughout this journey. Rest in peace our beloved. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.EstesLeadley.com
Estes-Leadley Funeral Home
325 W Washtenaw St.
Lansing, MI 48933
Published in Lansing State Journal on July 6, 2014