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WILLIAM A. DAVIS

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WILLIAM A. DAVIS William (Bill) A. Davis, beloved husband and father, passed away on March 3, 2013. He was 91 years old. Bill was born on a dairy farm in Ooltewah, Tennessee, the oldest of nine children on September 12, 1921. He joined the Army Air Corps at an early age and was stationed at Hickam Field on Oahu, Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941. He was later transferred to England and participated in 24 bombing missions over Germany before World War II came to an end. During the move from Hawaii to England he was able to marry his one true love, Lillian Kersteiner. Bill spent 26 years in the Air Force serving briefly in the Middle East, primarily Saudi Arabia, and serving extended tours in both Germany and France before his last assignment at George AFB in 1962. After he retired from the Air Force in Novemer of 1965, Bill worked for a couple of years in civil service. He then embarked on a second career buying, renovating, and renting older homes and apartments in the Old Town area of Victorville. During this time he also became an active member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association eventually becoming the state chairman. He was also a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. Bill and Lillian moved from Victorville to Apple Valley in 1986. Over the course of their 69 year marriage, they had 4 children. Bill is survived by his wife, Lillian; brother, Lynwood (Marlene) Davis, Ooltewah, TN; sisters Awanda Smith and Lenis Cotter, also of Ooltewah, TN; sons Bill (Judi ) Davis, AV and Scott (Marilyn) Davis, Lake Havasu, AZ; daughters Sara Hamilton and Rena (Chuck) Elliott, AV; ten grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren, and one great, great granddaughter. Bill loved his family and was much loved by them. He will be greatly missed by us all. A memorial service will be held at Sunset Hills Memorial Park on March 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Afterwards Bill will be transported in the back of his 1966 Volkswagen truck to the Garden of Valor for a brief graveside service. In lieu of flowers donations should be made to .
Published in the Daily Press from Mar. 8 to Mar. 10, 2013
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