Edwin “Ed” M. Davis, 92, of Danville, passed away at 2:40 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System.
He was born Jan. 24, 1920, near Lagoda, Ind., the son of Millard G. and Miranda (Selmer) Davis.
On Oct. 15, 1939, in Catlin, Ill., Ed married the love of his life, Grace A. Gilliland.
Grace survives along with two sons, Marvin E. (Debi) Davis of Danville, and Daniel L. (Kim) Davis of Huntington Beach, Calif. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Chris (Lisa) Davis, Briana (Daniel) Warner and Heather (Jim) Spencer; and six great-grandchildren. Ed was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Dorothy Nichols, Gladys Leverich-Steimel, Marjorie Campbell and Freda Davis.
Ed was a U.S. Navy Seabees veteran, serving on many islands in the South Pacific during World War II. After the service, Ed worked at General Motors, then in 1953 Ed and Grace started and operated Davis T.V. and Appliance Store and later started MarSue Furniture in 1968 with his son Marvin.
Ed and Grace moved to Lehigh Acres, Fla., in 1973 and started a construction business there, building screen rooms and overhead pool enclosures. In 1984, Ed and Grace moved back to Danville and spent their winters in California and Florida.
Ed was a member of the Catlin Church of Christ. He enjoyed golfing, building and repairing things and being on the computer. He especially loved spending time with the love of his life, Grace, and family.
A Celebration of Ed’s Life will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville with Pastor Darren Johnson officiating. Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will take place at Jones Grove Cemetery in Catlin.
Please, no flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Department of Veterans Affairs Home Base Primary Care Department.
Please join Ed’s family in sharing photos, videos and memories of him through his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.