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Rodney H. Davis

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Rodney H. Davis 1948 - 2009 SUNDERLAND A gathering celebrating the life of Rodney H. Davis, "Rod", will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5, starting at 10:30 with shared memories at 11 a.m., and refreshments to follow until 12:30 at the West Mountain Inn in Arlington. Rod died on July 12, in an automobile accident that critically injured his wife Darryl and foster son, Zachary Wilkins, and claimed the life of foster daughter Tabitha Wilkins. Ana, Bobby and Xander Wilkins were also injured in the crash. The tragic accident occurred just a few months after Rod and Darryl were honored as "Bennington County Foster Parents of the Year." Rod was born in Payton, Utah to Mary Holt and Leon Angus. Following a move to Wyoming his mother was remarried to Dale Davis, who adopted Rod and his brother Blaine. Rod attended schools in Lander, Wyoming and upon graduation began a lifelong vocation as a mechanic with a job at the Atlantic City Iron Ore Mine. After moving to Vermont with Darryl, he continued in the trade at Bijur Lubricating, Inc. For the past 18 years, he has been employed as a lift mechanic at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort. Rod enjoyed his family, reading, music and his Honda Goldwing Motorcycle. He was particularly pleased that he had an opportunity to travel cross country with his son Karl in 2006. Over the years, Rod coached Little League and soccer, crediting soccer for bringing he and Darryl together, when he yellow carded her for questioning a call. Fortunately for his family, he also enjoyed building projects. As the Davis house in Sunderland became a temporary home to many over the years, renovations were always needed. Rod and Darryl raised their sons, Karl and Bek there and daughters Kendall and Nichole, as well as 13 foreign exchange students and six foster children. At the time of the accident he had nearly completed an addition to the house to accommodate their ever evolving family. Rod worked tirelessly at as many jobs as necessary in support of his family and especially enjoyed filling in at Arlington's West Mountain Inn. He leaves his wife Darryl, his sons, Jake, Karl and Bek Davis; daughters, Holly Davis and Kendall and Nichole Bordi; foster daughter, Ana Wilkins and foster sons, Zachary, Bobby and Xander Wilkins; brothers, Blaine "Delvis" Davis and Larry Davis and a sister, Susan Moe; in-laws, Carl and June Hermansky and an extended Hermansky family that includes, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and Baby Jude. MEMORIAL NOTICE: Donations in Rod's memory may be made to the Davis Family Fund at Chittenden Bank. The celebration of Rod's life will take place from 10:30 to 12:30. The family invites all who knew him to join them in remembrance. As parking is limited on the mountain, all are encouraged to share a ride with a friend(s).
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 28, 2009
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