DUBLIN — Daniel P. Davies, 64, of Dublin, Ohio and formerly of Gallipolis, Ohio, passed away following a brief battle with cancer on Thursday, October 24, 2013.
He was born May 24, 1949, to the late D. Paul and Virginia Davies.
Dan grew up in Gallipolis and attended Gallia Academy High School, where he met the love of his life, Jackie Gilkey, whom he married in 1972. He received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Heidelberg University, where he also played football and golf.
After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and attended Officer Candidate School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, earning the rank of Second Lieutenant. Upon completing his military duties, he returned to Gallipolis and, in 1978, purchased Paul Davies Jewelers. He continued running the business, founded by his father in 1946, until he retired in 2010. In addition, he was President of Star Bank from 1989-1993 and a member of the bank's board of directors from 1987-1992.
Dan was active in the community he loved. He served as both president and board member of numerous local organizations including the Gallipolis Retail Merchants Association, the Gallia County Community Improvement Corporation, the Gallia County Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Valley Visitor's Center, and the Gallia County Senior Resource Center. Beginning in 2004, he served on the Gallia County Board of Elections. In appreciation for his leadership, he was named Southeastern Ohio Man of the Year in 1987 and, in 2009, was recognized as a Friend of the Gallia County Visitor and Convention Bureau.
A lifelong Mason and member of the Elks, Dan was known for his vibrant and outgoing personality, along with his sense of humor. He loved playing golf, bicycling, and being outdoors. Having played football in his youth, he remained an avid fan of the sport, supporting both the Blue Devils and the Ohio State Buckeyes. A devoted husband and father, he enjoyed spending time with family and with friends as well. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
In addition to his wife, Jackie, he is survived by two children, Jamie (Dave) Riley of Delaware, Ohio and Morgan (Joe) Asbury of Galloway, Ohio; a sister, Kathleen Davies of Gahanna, Ohio; and one grandchild, Maggie Asbury.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, October 28, 2013, at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with Pastors Marvin Sallee and Joe Asbury officiating. Burial will follow in Centenary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 12 to 3 p.m. prior to the funeral service.
Military Funeral Honors will be presented by the Gallia County Veterans Funeral Detail.
Pallbearers will be: Dave Riley, Joe Asbury, Joey Gilkey, Chris Shaffer, Adam Dallas, and Cody Bobo.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in Dan's memory to the Gallipolis City Schools Treasurers Office 61 State St. Gallipolis, Ohio 45631 for Gallia Academy's new stadium project.
An online guest registry is available at waugh-halley-wood.com.