Francis York “Fran” Davis, Sr.

August 06, 1938 ‒ June 07, 2017

Marion, Ohio

Francis York “Fran” Davis, Sr., age 78 of Marion, passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

Fran was born on August 6, 1938 in Marion, the son of Frederick York and Clara Ruby Grace (Wiggins) Davis. After receiving his education, Fran immediately enlisted with the United States Navy, proudly serving his country.

He worked for many years at Fairfield Engineering as their maintenance foreman.

In his younger years, Fran was very involved with the Baseball for Youth program, serving as a coordinator and coach. He loved to be outside, hunting, golfing and especially fishing on Lake Erie. He and Dolly loved to spend their time camping up at the lake and spending time with their many friends and family. In the winter months, Florida was their home away from home. He and Dolly also were members of card club for nearly 30 years.

Francis is survived by his beloved wife Mary “Dolly” Davis; sons: James (Cynthia) Davis, Sr. and Francis York “Skip” Davis, Jr.; grandchildren: James (Bryna) Davis, Jr., Mandy Davis, Francis York “Skipper” Davis, III and Robert (Brittany) Davis; Great grandchildren: James, III and Jackson Davis; Sisters-in-law: Carol and John Spillane, Jean Murphy, Bernadette Abbott, and Betty Davis.

He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Carol Lloyd Davis, Shirley (Dwight) McGowan, Barb (Bill) Wilcox, Doris (Hollis) Thacker, Jack Davis, Mildred (Short) Somerlot and Virginia Aquilino; brother-in-law James Abbott.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel, 347 West Center St., Marion from 4PM to 7PM; Funeral service will be Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main St., Marion at 10AM with Fr. Ryan Schmit officiating; Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, privately at a later date.

Donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Davis family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • Fran will be greatly missed here at Wild Wings Campground. Our prayers go out to Dolly and the family.

  • Dolly,
    We are so sad to hear about Fran. Our prayers are with you and your family.

    Bev and Mel

  • Fran, you were a very unique and loving friend
    You made me so many lovely things for our yard that made me and others so happy with your sweet craft. Mike and I will miss you when we come to Boggy Creek RV. There will be a hole in our heart
    You were so loved and you will be so missed.
    Mike and Jean Joyner

  • May God bless Dolly and the family in this time of grief. Fran was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

  • Dolly and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you. Clyde and Virginia McGranahan.

  • Dolly and Family,

    We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Fran will be missed by all those that knew him.

  • To our dear friend Dolly,

    We can’t even express how sad we are to lose our wonderful frien, Fran. The world won’t be the same without him! We will miss seeing him every morning at Fish Camp, cheerful and cracking his jokes. He was one of a kind, For sure! He will always be with you, Dolly, treasure the memories. All our love, Terri and Jake♥️

  • We are sure going to miss him at the Lake. So sad to hear. Our Love and prayers are with you Dolly . Patty and Carl

  • May the Lord comfort you and your family at this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  • Dolly,Skip,and Jim so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad.He was quite a character and never a dull moment. He will never be forgotten.Thoughts and prayers Grey and Sharon Shockey

  • Dolly, Jimmy and family-

    I was so sorry to hear of Fran’s passing. He will truly be missed. He was fun loving guy that always had something funny to say. I remember our banter back and forth. I will miss that, but he left me with some great memories.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all,

    Peg Weisheit

  • Not a better man I could meet and call a friend. You will be missed Fran. My your family find comfort in your life you shared.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Fran was a great man and we will miss him so much. We are so happy to have some of the things that he made over the years. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you

    Jim and Sheilah