James McGraw Davisson, 82, of Kalamazoo, Mich. and formerly of Rensselaer passed away Oct. 23, 2012 in Kalamazoo.
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James was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 28, 1930, the son of Hugh and Hester (McGraw) Davisson. He graduated from Rensselaer High School with the class of 1948. He attended Purdue University and the University of Cincinnati. He was an engineer with General Electric for 37 years. On April 20, 1963 in Rensselaer, he married Marcia Joann (nee Weltzin) Thompson who preceded him in death on Sept. 29, 2007. Jim was a veteran of the Korean War where he served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corp. He was a former member of the Elks, and a longtime member of the YMCA. He enjoyed running and became a member of the 10,000 mile club. When he couldn't run anymore, he took up cycling. He also enjoyed archery and was a member of the Iroquois Valley Archery and Conservation Club. He was also an accomplished bowler.
Surviving are his two daughters, Terri (Rick) Shelton of Delton, Mich. and Laura (Randy) Larson of The Colony, Texas; two grandchildren, Kristin and Bryan Larson; two step-grandchildren, Russell and Amber Shelton; five great-grandchildren, Belle, Ty, Skiy, Logan and Gage; one sister, Elizabeth Walter of Rensselaer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and two brothers.
Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Jackson Funeral Chapel of Rensselaer. A memorial service for James will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Jackson Funeral Chapel with Dr. James Blanchard officiating. Military rites and the burial of cremains will follow at Memory Gardens of Rensselaer.
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Published in the Rensselaer Republican on Oct. 31, 2012