William Davids(1924 - 2012)

William R. "Ruck" Davids

OCEAN PINES — William R. "Ruck" Davids, 88, of Ocean Pines, and formerly of Baltimore, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at his home. Mr. Davids was born in Baltimore on Feb. 2, 1924, son of the late Frank and Eva (Hands) Davids.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and was a two-time Purple Heart recipient. "Ruck" was recruited by Glenn L. Martin to play baseball for the Martin Bombers in 1948. He retired in 1983 from Martin Marietta as a building manager of corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Md., after 35 years of service. He was a member of Elks Lodge 2645 in Ocean City and enjoyed playing golf and watching sports.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Alice Bowen, in 1967 and a son, Frederick Emm, in 1985. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Joan M. Davids; nine children, Allison McGlone, Christine Greason, Ruck Davids, Deborah Donohue, Carol Stange, Matthew, Joseph, John and Jeffrey Emm; 17 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Ocean View Chapel of Melson Funeral Services at 38040 Muddy Neck Road in Ocean View. A funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Berlin.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

Published in The Daily Times on Dec. 10, 2012