WILLIAMSPORT, Ind. — William “Bill” Alton Davis, age 87, of Williamsport, Ind., died at 2:45 a.m. CST Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
Bill was born on Aug. 4, 1926, in Grant Township. He was the son of Homer and Ruth (Slater) Davis. He attended Ambia Schools and previously lived in Boswell and Rainsville. He had lived in Williamsport since 1993.
On Oct. 13, 1945, he married Marilyn E. Boltz in Waynesville, Mo. She survives.
Bill was a lifelong farmer, also raising hogs in Boswell and Pence. He was a World War II veteran, 2nd Infantry, Armored Division of the Army. He was in the European Theater, landing in France and going on to Belgium. He served in the Battle of the Bulge and crossed the Rhine River. He received the rifleman 745, Combat Infantry Badge and Rifle Marksman medals overseas. He received two Bronze Stars, Distinguished Unit Badge, and the Victory Medal of World War II. When the war ended, Bill ended up in Czechoslavakia.
He was a member and past trustee of Williamsport United Methodist Church and formerly a member of Boswell United Methodist Church, where he also was a past trustee. He was chairman of the Jordan Creek Conservancy District since 1970 and lifetime member of the VFW 3318.
Surviving are one son, Terry Davis (wife: Sheryl) of Kentland, Ind.; two grandchildren, Matthew Davis (wife: Shelly) of Danville, Ill., whom they raised, and Todd Davis of Sheldon, Ill.; three great-grandchildren, Jered Davis, Kaitley Davis and Kenna Davis.
Bill was preceded in death by one son, Thomas Davis, on Dec, 17, 1957; two brothers, Harold Davis and Donald Davis; and three sisters, Clellah Jackson, Dorothy Shepherd and Marian Hinman.
Visitation will be at Grady Funeral Home in Williamsport on Monday, March 3, from 4 p.m. EST until service time at 7 p.m. EST, with the Rev. Cathy McCoy officiating. Inurnment will be at 11 a.m. EST Wednesday, March 5, at Floral Hill Cemetery in Hoopeston, with full military honors. Online condolences may be made at www.gradyfuneralhome.com.