Age 68, died peacefully on Wednesday, January 23, 2013. He was born September 1, 1944 in Park Rapids, MN, the son of Leroy “Jack” & Lucille (Mackey) Davis.
On August 25, 1961, he married Joy M. Hazard, and she preceded him in death on August 14, 2012. Dick went to work for Ford Motor Company in 1962. After becoming a Tool & Die Journeyman and obtaining a degree in Engineering, he left Ford in 1971 to pursue a career as a Design & Sales Engineer representing tool manufacturers to Ford. He started Davis Equipment Co., Inc. in 1981 and worked independently until he retired in 1992. He was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Society of Carbide Engineers, and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Dick enjoyed NASCAR Racing, U of M football, and entertaining his customers, colleagues & friends.
He was also preceded in death by his father, Leroy “Jack” Davis in 1985, his brother, Maynard Davis in 1987, and his son, Rick Davis in 2008. Survivors include two daughters, Rhonda (Phillip) Miller and Helen Hergott; two grandchildren, Mitchell Granet and Jillian (Bill) Poteracki; his mother, Lucille Davis; two brothers, Michael (Sue) Davis, Milton (Kay) Davis; and one sister, Marilyn (Mark) Parraghi.
A memorial service was held January 30, 2013, 4:00pm at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, with Deacon Tom Franklin officiating. Family received guests at 3:00pm until start of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.