Frank J. Davis
1927 - 2021

Frank J. Davis, of Coloma, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Nov. 27, 2021.

Frank was born July 22, 1927, in Clinton, Ind., to Gilbert Frank Davis and Edith Jane (Gilbert) Davis.

Frank grew up in Benton Harbor and graduated from Benton Harbor High School and Western Michigan University.

He joined the U.S. Navy as a Seabee and spent two years in Pearl Harbor. After World War II, Frank played for the Chicago White Sox as a pitcher in their minor league system. While playing ball in Wisconsin Rapids, he met the love of his life, Helen Lucille Gazeley. They were married July 5, 1952, and returned to Michigan where Frank started a long career as a wood pattern maker with Star Pattern Manufacturing and Whirlpool Corp.

Frank and Helen adopted and raised two wonderful children, Daniel and Tamara. He spent countless hours loving and supporting his children at baseball, football and basketball games, 4-H fairs and horse shows.

Frank retired in 1992 and enjoyed numerous activities in retirement including golf, bowling, traveling and spending time with his family. Frank was blessed with four grandchildren: Amber, Sarah, Chandler and Kerrigan; and three great-grandchildren: Elise, Emilia and Clara.

Frank is survived by his wife, Helen; two children: Daniel (Elizabeth) Davis and Tamara (Dale) Kettlehut; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and five siblings: Bob, Jim, Dwayne, Elaine and Roger.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Coloma United Methodist Church.

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Published by The Herald-Palladium on Nov. 29, 2021.
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144 S. Church St, Coloma, MI
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Wonderful family, neighbors. Your mom and dad were so dedicated to family and friends. Thank you for serving our country Mr. Davis. Fond memories of living on the island and growing up there. May God bless your family. From our family to yours, deepest sympathy to you all. Hugs to Mrs. Davis, Tammy and Danny.
Leslie (Yates) Balgoyen
November 30, 2021
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