VERN L. DAVITT, 83 ROCKFORD - Vern L. Davitt, 83, of Rockford went to be with his Lord Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. He was born Oct. 21, 1929, in DesMoines, Iowa, the son of Henry and Leatha Davitt. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and graduated from Drake University Law School. Married Ann (Bradley) Davitt on April 2, 1953, in Des Moines. Practiced law in Rockford, Ill. A long time member of Temple Baptist Church and the Christian Legal Society. Was on the local and international boards of Child Evangelism Fellowship and the local LaVoz Latina board. Served with The Gideons and was an active supporter of the Rockford Lao community. He is survived by wife, Ann; and children, Barb (Don) Johansen, David (Julie) Davitt and Russ (Laurie) Davitt, all of Rockford, and Brad (Melissa) Davitt of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren, Laura (Joe) Mullikin, John, Kelsey, Jenna, Mason, Ethan, Colin and Aiden Davitt; siblings, Susan McNally, Richard Davitt and Nancy Berardi. Predeceased by parents; and brother, Anthony Davitt. He loved spending time with his family, gardening, being a docent at Anderson Japanese Gardens, traveling, and was always looking to help others in need. Above all, he loved the Lord as his personal Savior. Memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, preceded by visitation from 10 a.m. to service time at Temple Baptist Church, 3215 E. State St., Rockford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship or The Gideons International.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2013