James Davidson

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James S. Davidson was born on March 2, 1919, at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of James Silas and Josephine Folz Davidson. He attended school in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Franklin High School with the class of 1938. He attended the University of Iowa until World War II started.
After enlisting in the U.S. Army on June 11, 1942, Jim received four Bronze Stars for his service during the battles and campaigns at Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, and Rhineland. He was Honorably Discharged on November 4, 1945.
Jim was united in marriage to Libbie Mary Becicka Jan. 20, 1946, at the First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. To this union were born two children: Gary and Karen.
He continued his education at the University of Iowa, where he received his Bachelors' and Masters' Degrees.
Jim's first teaching job was as a History teacher and coach at Keosauqua. He taught at Shellsburg and Martelle for a few years and then was a high school principal at the Norway and Winfield-Mt. Union Schools. Throughout the years, he coached baseball, softball, and basketball. In 1964, the family moved to Winthrop where Jim was the Middle School Principal at East Buchanan Schools. After seventeen years at EB, he retired from education in 1981. Jim enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, golfing, and attending the University of Iowa women's basketball games.
After Libbie died on January 15, 1988, Jim became very involved as a daily volunteer at the Cedar Valley Cancer Center in Waterloo, Iowa. In April 2009, he moved to Prairie View Assisted Living in Independence. Following a short illness, James (Jim) Davidson entered into his eternal rest, on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, at the age of 90 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Libbie; and his three sisters: Virginia, Donna, and Lucille. Survivors include his son, Gary Lee (Diane) Davidson of Independence; his daughter, Karen Kristine (Joe) Slattery of St. Louis, Mo.; two grandchildren: Carrie (Conner) McMahon and Michael (Geana) Davidson; three step-grandchildren: Amy (Jacob) White, Alicia Brown, and Angela (Jeff) Bonefas; six step great grandchildren: Chase, Brynn, Jacob, Braden, Elijah, and Anna; two nieces, and many friends.
Visitation will be held at the Fawcett Funeral Home, in Winthrop, Iowa, on Sunday, January 3, 2010, from Noon until 3 PM, followed by a Celebration of Life with Pastor Sue Ann Raymond officiating. Afterwards, dinner will be served at the Fellowship Hall in Winthrop. Jim's body will then be cremated and his inurnment will be at Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. Honorary casket bearers will be: Kenton Krusor, Ken Cappel, Ronald Foster, David Steinkamp, and George Wilson. A Memorial Fund has been established and will be directed to the Cedar Valley Cancer Center and the Winthrop Public Library. Messages may be left for the family at www.fawcettsfuneralhome.com under obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Jan. 4 to Jan. 7, 2010