TIPP CITY - Thomas N. Davidson, 64, of Tipp City, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
He was born Dec. 9, 1948, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of William A. and Leona (Roth-Jacobi) Davidson.
A 1966 graduate of Toledo Central Catholic High School, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served as a military policeman. Following his Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Army, he began his career in law enforcement as a member of the Bowling Green, Ohio Police Division. During his 20-year career with the Bowling Green Police Division, he rose to the rank of lieutenant and achieved an associate degree's in law enforcement from the University of Toledo (1974) and a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice (1978) and a master's degree in public administration (1982) from Bowling Green State University.
He was a 1981 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.
On Dec. 20, 1990, he was appointed to the position of Chief of Police at the Tipp City, Ohio Police Department, where he served an additional 22 years prior to his death.
Tom was a member of the Tipp City Rotary Club, Tipp City Masonic Lodge No. 174 F & AM. Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton, American Legion Post No. 586, VFW Post No. 4615, Tipp City Eagles Aerie No. 2201, the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his brother, William Arthur Davidson Jr.; his loving wife, Janis Arnett, who he met while working at the Bowling Green Police Department, and were married in 1979. They enjoyed their life together and were especially fond of all gardening and landscaping activities. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Glenn and Andi Otto, William Arthur "Dobbie" Davidson III and his wife Jaime; and great nephews; Miles Findlay Davidson, Corey, Kris and Alex Otto.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 753 S. Hyatt St., Tipp City, with Fr. R. Marc Sherlock officiating. A meal will follow the service at Zion Lutheran Church, 14 W. Walnut St., Tipp City.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, April 26th, at St. John's Church.
Burial will take place on Sunday at the Wingston Cemetery, Rudolph, Ohio. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frings and Bayliff Funeral Home, 327 W. Main St., Tipp City, OH 45371. Online condolences may be made to www.fringsandbayliff.com.