Norman E. Davis

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Norman "Norm" E. Davis

90, a longtime Westside resident, passed away peacefully January 19, 2013. Norm was born in Southport on October 23, 1922, and graduated from Southport High School in 1940.

He worked briefly for Citizens Gas and Coke Co., where he met the love of his life, Miriam Hoss. Norm and Miriam were married in 1942, as Norm was entering service with the Army Air Corps for WWII.

Norm was with the 9th Air Force, 354th Fighter Group, and flew 74 missions in both the P-47 Thunderbolt and fabled P-51 Mustang. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his actions over Europe.

Upon his return home in 1945, Norm started a 38-year career with Eli Lilly, where he worked in research. He spent most of his career in the Chromatography Lab and was involved in helping to develop some of Eli Lilly's most popular antibiotics.

Norm was an active member of the Plainfield Christian Church. He and Miriam enjoyed golfing, travel, church activities, and spending time with their many friends.

Norm is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Miriam; son, Mike Davis (Jill); daughter, Susan Grant (Mike); four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Florence Davis; brothers, Robert, Don Jr., and Roy.

A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thurs., January 24, 2013 in Plainfield Christian Church. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wed., January 23, 2013 in Conkle Funeral Home Avon Chapel . Burial will be in Lincoln Memory Gardens Cemetery. Contributions may be made to ( or 800-272-3900. Online condolences may be shared at:

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Jan. 22, 2013
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