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Richard J. Dick Davis
Durhamville
Richard J. Dick Davis, 85, Cove Road, died Monday afternoon, June 21, 2010, at his residence, following a long illnesss. He was born March 10, 1925, in the home of his parents, Edison and Cecile Roberts Davis in St. Johnsville, New York, and spent most of his childhood there. He graduated from St. Johnsville High School, Class of 1943. He joined the United States Army to serve his country (air crew training) just turning 18. Dick remained in the service until his honorable discharge in March of 1946 from the 1st Division, from which he received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Mr. Davis attended Norwich University in Vermont, and under the New York sponsored GI bill, he was trained as an electrician. He first worked for Western Electric in Albany, then Franks Electric in Canajoharie. He married Marilyn Moody in 1948, settling for a time back in St. Johnsville, where they began to raise their four children. In September 1959, they bought a new home in Marcy, where they remained until 1974. Richard (Dick) moved on to the Sylvan Beach area to build a new home on the waters edge. He worked for Kogut Electric, retiring after thirty years service. Dick was an outstanding handyman, building and fixing just about anything. He belonged to Local IBEW #181 Electrician Union and was an honorable member of the American Legion, Sylvan Beach Post #1135. In May of 1985, he married Virginia Carrigan of Oneida, and they shared many happy years together. He had a wonderful appreciation for wildlife, boating and the St. Lawrence area. Mr. Davis was predeceased by his parents and his only brother, Gordon W. Davis, of Texas, in 1990. He leaves behind his wife, Ginny, and her three children, Pam (Pat) Mitchell, of Canastota (who were there countless times to help and support Dick and their mother throughout the years), Pat (Kathy) Carrigan, of Syracuse, and Buddy Carrigan, of California, and their children and grandkids. He also leaves behind his children, Kathy (Robert) Moorhead, of Herkimer, Carol (Robert) Jubenville, of Clinton, Richard A. Davis, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Terri (Gregory) Wood, of Marcy. Additionally, he will be missed by his nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Lady (his most faithful cocker spaniel) will be lost without him. Dad, youve gone on but well meet up ahead. In the meanwhile, youve left us some wonderful memories. We will remember you with a smile and always be thankful that you were our Dad. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Popuri, all the visiting nurses and to Hospice. The American Legion, Sylvan Beach Post #1153, and the family of Richard would like to continue awards presented to students at Oneida and Camden High School (as was for the past four years) now known as The Dick Davis Scholarship. Funeral services will be held 10 AM, Friday, from the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main Street, Oneida with the Reverend Cindy Makarchuk. Interment will be made in West St. Johnsville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-7 PM, Thursday. In lieu of flowers, gifts of remembrance may be given to the Dick Davis Scholarship, c/o the funeral home, or Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413. Envelopes for these funds may be obtained at the funeral home.
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on June 23, 2010
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