|#1 Printed in Pilot-Tribune, March 8, 2005|
HAROLD W. DAVIS, 84
Long time Blair resident Harold W. Davis, 84, died Sunday, March 6, 2005, at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, at Campbell-Aman Funeral Home, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 10, at First Christian Church, 1133 N. 28th Ave., Blair.
Harold Walter Davis was born July 16, 1920, at Fairbury to Fred A. and Ruth M. Davis. He attended school in the Fairbury area, and helped on his family’s farm until his father went to work for the Rock Island Railroad.
While working for the W. P. A. in the latter 1930’s, he met Evelyn Mae Jacobs. They were married Oct. 11, 1939.
He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II in the Philippine Campaign aboard PT Boat No. 138. After returning from the war, he and his family farmed in Nebraska and Missouri until returning to Blair. He worked for Korshoj Construction Co., where he helped in the construction of the old “Blair Bridge” connecting Nebraska and Iowa on Highway 30.
He also worked as a truck driver for the late Ralph Bauer; as a city employee at the old Light Plant on State Street; and as a welder for Con-E-Co until his “first” retirement.
After retiring, he spent time designing and welding ornamental iron and hand rails for many people in the Blair area. He also spent time traveling with a camper and by car to all parts of the United States with his family and friends, up until his wife’s death in 1992.
He will be remembered by many as the “Pizza Man” at No Frills Supermarket in Blair. Due to health reasons, he finally took his “second” retirement in November 2004.
He spent his last years in the company of his special companion, Gwen Aten. They traveled, played cards and Yahtzee, and visited DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge at every possible chance. They spent time visiting Aten’s family, and spending time with his family.
Mr. Davis was a member of First Christian Church in Blair.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Charlotte Davis of San Antonio, Texas; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Ernie Brenneis of Blair, and Beth and Wayne Oloff of Missouri Valley, Iowa; six grandchildren; sister, Eileen Ossowski of Millbrae, Calif.; special companion, Gwen Aten of Blair; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Evelyn, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald.
Memorials are suggested to the First Christian Building Fund.
# 2 - - from the Omaha World-Herald, March 8, 2005
DAVIS - - Harold, age 84, of Blair. Survived by son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Charlotte, San Antonio, TX; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Ernie Brenneis, of Blair, Beth and Wayne Oloff, Missouri Valley, IA; sister, Eileen Ossowski, Millbrae, CA; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; special companion, Gwen Aten, of Blair.
SERVICES Thurs 10:30 am, First Christian Church in Blair. Burial Blair Cemetery.
VISITATION begins Wed. 9 am, with family receiving friends from 6 – 8 pm. Memorials may be directed to the family.
CAMPBELL-AMAN FUNERAL HOME, Blair, NE 402-426-2191
#3 Funeral Leaflet
In Loving Memory of Harold Walter Davis
Born July 16, 1920 Fairbury, Nebraska ~ Entered Into Rest March 6, 2005 Blair, Nebraska
Funeral Services 10:30 A.M. Thursday, March 10, 2005 First Christian Church, Blair, Nebraska. Officiating: Pastor David Ludwick. Pianist: Deb Ludwick. Vocalist: Paula Smith. Vocal Selections: “I’ll Fly Away”, “Sweet Bye and Bye”, “If You Could See Me Now”
Casket Bearers: Matthew W. Oloff, John C. Mann, Chad E. Brenneis, David L. Aten, Bryan C. Wrightson, Richard (Rick) Hansen
Honorary Casket Bearers: Ron Beebe, Mike Johnson, Roger Ward, Dennis Saunders, Henry (Sonny) Smith, Ned Miller, Bob Larsen, Bud Hunsche, Jim Erwin, Loren Jones, Bud Jenny, Ray Jones, Arne Svenningsen
Graveside Services: Blair Cemetery, Blair, Nebraska
Arrangements by Campbell-Aman Funeral Home
~~~ Obituary and funeral leaflet courtesy of Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings and leaflets on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska~~~
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