Robert John Davis, Sr.
March 18, 1916 ‒ May 18, 2004
LUCAS: Robert John Davis, Sr., 88, of Church Street, Lucas, died Tuesday afternoon May 18, 2004 in his home.
Robert has gone on to be with the Lord following a short illness.
He was born March 18, 1916 in Mansfield to Alfred W. and Martha (Davies) Davis. His parents, from England and Wales respectively, raised their nine children in Mansfield’s Western Avenue and Blymyer Avenue neighborhoods.
Robert was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1935, and delighted in monthly lunch reunions with his classmates.
He was a WWII US Navy veteran, serving as Fireman First Class aboard the USS Shenandoah.
Robert worked 36 years with Westinghouse as an inspector and supervisor with quality control, until he retired in order to care for aging siblings.
Community service was integral to Robert’s life, with a strong focus on service to youth. He was involved with Indian Guides, and then a leader in scouting for 20 years.
From 1965 to 1977, Robert served as mayor of Lucas. He also served on the zoning board, and later headed the Park Committee. He was a member of Lucas Lions Club, Baku Grotto, and Venus Lodge F&AM.
Robert continued to open his life, home and time to mentor and “grandfather” many teenage young men until his parting. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years Thelma Marie (Reinbeau) Davis, whom he married March 6, 1947; three sons and daughters-in-law and two daughters and sons-in-law Robert J., Jr. and Janice Davis of Worthington, Diana C. and Robert “Rock” Lantz of Westerville, Thomas E. and Graciela Davis of Irving, Texas, James L. and Vicki Davis of Copley, and Marie A. Davis and Joseph Marsano of Lucas; twelve grandchildren and their spouses Katheryn and Robert Zeid, Darla and Brian Kaufman, Lori Smith, Kelly Lantz, Stacy Lantz and Jay Adkins, Damyan and Kelly Davis, Heidi Davis and Chris Wade, Michelle and Andy Price, Heather Smith, Sarah Davis, Maggie Davis, and Andrea Davis; ten great grandsons; five great granddaughters; a sister Martha Mary Black of Arizona; four nephews and three nieces.
He was preceded in death by two grandsons John Michael Davis and Mark Allen Davis; a grandson-in-law Freddie Smith; his parents; his former wife and mother of his first two children Martha (Robison) Floro; his brother Alfred T. “John” Davis; and six sisters Elsie Urshel, Lucille Grant, Lillian Davis, Bess McElhaney, Eunice Howell and Ann Owings, many of whom Robert provided care for during their last years, months and days.
The family will receive friends Friday, May 21, 2004 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 am. Interment will be in Mansfield Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions to MedCentral Hospice, the American Cancer Society, The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, or The Shriners Hospitals for Children may be made at the funeral home.