James E. Davis

April 12, 1930 ‒ September 07, 2018

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio

James E. Davis, age 88, of Marion, died peacefully on Friday, September 7, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family.

On April 12, 1930, Jim and his twin brother, Jack, were born in Price Hill/Cincinnati, Ohio, the only children of the late Leroy and Norma (Wherley) Davis.  He graduated from Batavia High School in the Class of 1948, where he played catcher on the baseball team and trombone in the band.

Following high school, Jim worked as a draftsman, at the William Powell Valve Company in Cincinnati, until he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army in 1951.  After basic training, he served overseas in Tokyo, Japan, where he was in the advisory group to the Japanese National Police Force, earning top secret security clearance.  He was a veteran of the Korean War and was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal in 1953.

After returning home from the war, Jim began working for the RCA Estate Range Company in Hamilton, Ohio, which was later purchased by the Whirlpool Corporation.  In the late 1950’s, he was sent on a work assignment to the company’s research and engineering center in St. Joseph, Michigan, where a receptionist, Arliss Wells, kept catching his eye.  Eventually, they began spending time together and the rest is history.  They were married on March 5, 1960, in Stevensville, Michigan, and she would join him on his journey with Whirlpool to Marion, Ohio, in 1962.  They shared over 54 wonderful years of marriage.  She preceded him in death on October 22, 2014, after a year and a half battle with cancer.

During Jim’s 37 years of service as an engineer with Whirlpool, earning six United States patents, he eventually worked his way up to being the director of the cooking products engineering department.  He also led numerous management seminars for the corporation.  He retired in 1990.

Following his retirement, Jim and Arliss spent 22 magical years wintering in South Padre Island, where they made countless new friends, played cards, walked the beach, watched sunsets, loved eating out and taking trips to Mexico.  Jim also enjoyed golfing, surf fishing, and deep sea fishing.  Aside from raising his family, the years in South Padre were among the happiest of his life.

Throughout his life, Jim had a weak spot for sports cars and boating.  He also loved family vacations to St. Paul and Alexandria, Minnesota, Wales, North Dakota, and fishing trips to Canada.  In his younger days, in the 1950’s, Jim was even a professional musician, playing string bass in the Clyde Phillips twelve piece orchestra and the five piece jazz group known as The Holidays.

For the past few years, Jim has been a local fixture in many of the restaurants throughout Marion.  He had a regular routine he stuck to, and everywhere he rarely had to order because the staff already knew what he wanted.

A man of faith, Jim was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church, where he enjoyed attending chapel services on Thursday.  He also was an active member and past president of the following organizations: Marion Industrial Club, Whirlpool Marion Division Management Club, Marion Toastmasters Club, Marion Midget Football Association, and the Villas of Hampton Woods Condo Association.  He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 7201 in Marion, past member of the Hamilton Ohio Sports Car Club, Marion Elks Club #32, and Marion County FOP #24.  He also coached baseball for the River Valley Baseball for Youth program.

Jim was a true gentleman in every sense of the word, and a natural leader of men.  He demanded perfection from himself and everyone around him.  Despite all of his many achievements, what he was most proud of was his family.  They were his pride and joy.

Left to cherish his memory are his three children: Sharon (Randy) Potts of Presque Isle, MI, Laura Detweiler of Marion, and James E. (Krista) Davis Jr. of Galena; five grandchildren: Steve Potts, Rick (Jennifer) Potts, Meredith Detweiler, and Andrew and Katie Davis; two great-grandchildren: Conner and Taylor Potts; his twin brother, Jack (Ruth) Davis; of Cincinnati.

Services honoring Jim’s life will be observed at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 23, 2018, at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  Military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council will follow at the funeral home.  Friends and Family who wish to celebrate his life are invited to attend an open house from 3:00-6:00pm at the Hampton Woods clubhouse; 600 Hampton Woods Dr., Marion.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 685 Delaware Ave, Marion, OH 43302.

On behalf of Jim’s family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to Angie, Tracy, Andrea, and all of the special Heartland Hospice angels, who tenderly cared for Jim during his final months and weeks.  Also, “thank you” to all of the wonderful servers at the restaurants he frequented for always doting over him.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Jim’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • What a wonderful life fully lived! Wishing you all peace in your loss. Sounds like he was joyfully filled through family, friends & fun experiences! You are in our hearts during this time of loss.
    The Householders (family friends of Jim & Krista)

  • Rest in peace Jim ! You meant the world to my father Geno ! The friendship was one in a million that lasted over 68 years and the relationship with all of The Lysaght family and Davis family is one that was blessed in family, fun, trust, love, that is rare in todays world ! I will always treasure the memories of Jim Davis and Geno Lysaght !

  • My favorite memory of my sisters husband is when I was 6 years old he drove me in his Austin Healey all the way from St. Joseph MI to their home in Hamilton Ohio. I also feel so very blessed to have spent quality time with he and Lori recently going to Waldo and also a beautiful drive in the country and visiting the covered bridge that he loved. He was a wonderful husband to my sister and I know without a doubt they are together again.

  • Jim
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Losing our parents is so hard. I hope you are comforted by your many wonderful memories.

  • What a wonderful life lived to its fullest!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time!! Hold those memories close to your heart and you will find peace!! Love, Connie & John Hagey

  • Jim is truly one of the sweetest patients I have ever cared for. He consistently showed kindness and concern for others despite how he was feeling. I will always remember him and will miss our Tuesday visits together. I will miss the reminiscing of all his favorite restaurants and food selections. He loved talking about his favorite foods! Just a remarkable person who made a difference in the world and someone who is forever loved.

    • Angie,
      He loved you and Tracey too as do we! You’re stuck, you’re part of the family now. We can never thank you enough. XO Sharon

  • What an honor it was to have crossed paths with Jim(our guy). I really enjoyed sitting at the table while he ate his lunch. He would say ” So what is the weather like today? ” I would get out my phone and slide it across the table and he would look at it. Then he would Say “Well I think you are all done here. I suppose I could sign you out now. So you could be on your way.” When I would come and visit on Monday, he would be so excited to tell me all about his weekend. Especially when he would travel to the Steer Barn. Your father will always have a place in my heart. Thank you for allowing me to be with you all on this journey love you all.

  • Jim hired me at Whirlpool and was always a great friend and mentor. He and Arliss were also great neighbors when me moved in next door to them on Sheffield. He will be missed by all who knew him!

  • Our prayers are with the family. Like Brad Thayer, Jim hired me into the Range Engineering Department. Jim was a great leader and gentleman. I always enjoyed working with Jim and Geno who were great buddies. Jim also always attended our Whirlpool Retiree luncheons. Jim will be missed.

  • What wonderful memories I have of Jim! He hired me also, and the gang in Range Engineering provided one of the best working environments I would ever have. I learned early on how fun work can be when you’re surrounded by people who work hard, have pride in what they do, and are just fair, kind-hearted souls. My sympathies to the family of this remarkable man.

  • So sorry for your loss. My dad, Ed Munz, worked with Jim. My dad also worked at Estate Stove Co. in Hamilton, OH and our families were transferred up to Marion in 1962 by Whirlpool. Great times growing up together.
    Prayers for your family.

    Kathy Munz Dutton