William L. Davarn

William L. Davarn Pewamo Loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather William (Bill) Lawrence Davarn, age 87, passed away Oct. 9, 2012. Bill was born on Aug. 18, 1925, in Carson City, Mich., the son of Neville and Freda (Kropf) Davarn. He married Bertha Elizabeth (Lenneman) on Sept. 23, 1947. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Bill was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pewamo; the Pewamo Knights of Columbus; and VFW Post 3733. He also served in the Pewamo Volunteer Fire Department for 29 years, including 13 years as Asst. Fire Chief and 9 years as Chief. A veteran of World War II from January 1944 until honorably discharged in November 1945, Bill was a decorated soldier, including two Purple Hearts, and served as a combat infantryman with the 2nd Infantry Division where he achieved the rank of S/Sgt. and squad leader in Company L, 23rd Infantry Regiment. He was one of two Michigan veterans invited to attend the 2004 dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Following military service, Bill attended classes at Michigan State College and spent the majority of his professional life was as co-owner of Davarn Equipment Co. in Pewamo. He later worked as a funeral director assistant at Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Home. He was preceded in death by his parents, baby son Michael and brother, "Jack" Davarn. Surviving family members are his wife Bertha of Pewamo and their children Timothy (Laura) of Belmont; Patrick (Sharon) of St. Joseph; Roger (Barbara) of Pewamo; Barbara of Grand Ledge; Richard (Diane) of Pewamo; William (Carol) of Pewamo; Robert of Pewamo; and Keith of Ionia; He also is survived by 14 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; sister Jean (James) Cook of Lansing; and many nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pewamo with Rev. Father Charlon Mason presiding. Rite of Committal will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors provided by VFW Post 3733. Visitation is at 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at St. Mary's Funeral Chapel in Westphalia, including rosary at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Arrangements are by Lehman Funeral Home, Portland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ionia County Commission on Aging or the St. Joseph Education Fund. Online condolences may be made at www.lehmanfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Lansing State Journal from Oct. 11 to Oct. 14, 2012