Sept. 2, 1928 - June 13, 2013
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ROCHESTER - Herbert "Herbie" P. Davidson, 84, of Rochester passed away at 7:44 PM, Thursday, June 13th, at his home. Born in Peru, on September 2, 1928, Herbert P. was a treasured son of Samuel and Louise Adamson Davidson. Growing up he shared his childhood with two sisters and four brothers. A proud 1946 graduate of Walkerton High School, Herbie enjoyed success in multiple sports. Playing basketball at the forward position for Falcons, he was a defensive specialist as a top rebounder and shot blocker, intimidating his opponent. On the track team he ran the 440 and was a hurdler. At age 15, a smooth second baseman, with great ability to turn a double play, Herbie was heavily recruited by the Chicago Cubs. He played for the semi-pro South Bend team for a glove and $10 a week. Even with an extreme passion for the sport he never attended a Cubs tryout. When patriotism beckoned him, Herbie answered the call enlisting with the U.S. Army. Sgt. Herbert P. Davidson was honorably discharged earning the decorations of World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal of Japan. A gifted engineer, entrepreneur Herbie was one of the founders of the fiberglass industry. He collaborated with Les Brown and his brother Donald Davidson to form a corporation, Brown and Davidson. They provided the RV industry with shower and tub units. Known to many as the King of Fiberglass, the trio's company flourished, expanding to 10 locations as exclusive providers to Coachman Industries and others. As an American sportsman, Herbie loved to hunt. He bagged many trophies; among them was a Mountain Ram and wild boar. He also excelled at the game of golf, playing on courses in Tennessee, Florida and Indiana. He enjoyed a unique and interesting collection of classic cars, speed boats and motorcycles. He first rode a Honda Goldwing, transitioning to his Harley. Paramount in his life was his family. Herbie especially enjoyed a dynamic relationship with his younger brother, Russ. In 1991 he moved to Rochester to be closer to his brother. With a great mutual admiration for each other, together they enjoyed many adventures in life, from hunting trips and fishing expeditions to the game of golf. They were inseparable and were ALWAYS there for each other. Herbie is lovingly remembered by two daughters: Angela Davidson of Rochester and her children, Craig, RD and LeRoy; and Christine Stahl and husband Rick of South Bend and their children, Marcus and Jesse; two sons: Ronald Davidson and wife Sonya of Walkerton and their children, Alana, Elaine and Aaron; and Shawn Davidson of Indianapolis and his daughter, Lacon; and the children of the late James Davidson: Jackie, Sarah-Lorraine and Jimmy; 21 great grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Livingston of GA; a brother, Russ Davidson and wife Karen of Rochester; canine companion, Bella the Yorkie; and nieces and nephews. Herbie was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janyce Davidson; a son, James Davidson; a sister, Donnabelle Sherland; and three brothers, Eugene, Earl, and Don. A celebration of the life of Herbert P. Davidson will be at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Jerry Pitman officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 10-noon on Tuesday in the funeral home. Military rites will be conducted by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honor Guard. The committal service will be at 2:30 PM in the Walkerton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.
Published in South Bend Tribune on June 16, 2013