Ervin Lloyd Davis passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, in Bozeman. He was born April 30, 1921, to Roy Elmer and Anna (Ostby) Davis in Garrison, N.D., where he grew up and graduated from high school.
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He served in the United States Army in the 3rd Division 41st Field Artillery Battalion during World War II in North Africa, Sicily and Italy from February 1941 to September 1944. Ervin received the Bronze Star and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.
Ervin later met and married Violet Ruth Hammond on Feb. 28, 1948, in Reno, Nev. They had two children, Karen and Stanley. Ervin worked at Ace Hardware and started the Bozeman area Sherwin-Williams Paint Store, from which he was the branch manager and later retired.
He was a great outdoorsman enjoying fishing, hunting, camping, horseback riding on cattle drives and was an Eagle Scout since 1939. He was actively involved in Rainbow Grand Cross of Colors, a 50-year member of Shriners International and Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, Bozeman Senior Center, R.S.V.P. and was a 50-year member of the Bozeman United Methodist Church.
Ervin was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Stanley Davis; sister, Hazel Davis McElwain; and brother, Raymond Davis. He is survived by his wife of more than 66 years, Violet; daughter, Karen Wilke; two grandchildren, Jason (Sara) Arnold and Devin (Katherine) Wilke; two great-grandchildren, Collin and Peyton Arnold; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Friday, March 14 at 2 p.m. at Bozeman United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Ervin's name to Shriners Hospital for Children, 911 W. 5th Ave., Spokane, WA.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 13, 2014