MORRISVILLE - Robert P. "Bob" Davis, 94, died peacefully Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin.
He was born April 17, 1919, in Morrisville, the son of Percy and Edith Dodge Davis.
He was a 1937 graduate of Peoples Academy and a 1941 graduate of the University of Vermont, with a bachelor's degree in dairy management and a minor in forestry.
He was a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II
, serving primarily in northern Africa and Italy.
He married Barbara Davison on July 13, 1946, at Puffer United Methodist Church in Morrisville.
Bob was an integral member of the civic and business community in the area for many years. He was the longtime general manager of the Cabot Farmers Co-op, beginning his career in April 1952, and retiring in December 1984. He served on many boards and committees in the town of Cabot, including the Cabot Board of Adjustment where he served for 33 years, the Cabot School Board, Cabot Development Council and also served as the delinquent tax collector. Bob served on the board of directors for the New England Dairy and Food Council for over 30 years, and held the positions of treasurer, vice-president and president. He also held offices with numerous other dairy industry organizations at the local, state and national level. He was an incorporator of the Central Vermont Hospital, and served as a trustee for 25 years.
Bob was a member of Mount Vernon Lodge #8, F & A.M.
He was a lifelong maple producer and an active farmer in his retirement. He also enjoyed golf, gardening, hunting and fishing, and always a game of cribbage.
Bob is survived by his children, Dan Davis and wife, Mary Jo of Newark, Vt.; William Davis and wife, Deb of Delray Beach, Fla.; and Laurie Callahan and husband, Jack of Montpelier; grandchildren, Tad and Maura Davis; Heather and Alden Guptill; and Beth and Kevin Seniw; and great-grandchildren, Faye, Teddy, Gwen and Lacey. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Davis on Jan. 30, 2010, and also by two brothers, Ralph and Don Davis.
A graveside service with full military honors will be held in the spring in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Morrisville.
White-Fiess Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bob's memory to UVM Miller Agricultural Research Farm Fund, c/o UVM Foundation, 411 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401; or the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or go to woundedwarriorproject.org