Gerald Ray “Jerry” Davis, 74, of DeGraff, passed away peacefully at 11:22 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019, at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Sidney on March 18, 1945, a son of the late Wavel Leon and Mabel (Lacey) Davis. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Egts; twin siblings, Shirley Barga and Sherman Davis; and brother, Ronald Davis.
On March 31, 1979, Jerry married the former Janice Kay Dressback in DeGraff, and she survives, along with two daughters, Tauna (Nick) Heisler of Lawton, Okla., and Jill Parthemore of DeGraff; two sons, Jeremy (Amanda) Davis of Jackson Center and Joe (Karen) Davis of Norfolk, Va.; six grandchildren, Dustin (Becca) Heisler, Logan (Josh) Lerch, Kelsey Parthemore, Kyle Parthemore, Caleb Davis, and Levi Davis; many nieces and nephews; and his granddog, “Piper.”
Jerry retired from Navistar in 1999 following 31 years of service. He was a member of the Quincy United Methodist Church and also volunteered as a firefighter and rescue squad driver for the Quincy Fire Department for 50 years. His many passions included coaching his kids through the years, carpentry, riding his Harley, and cracking jokes to put a smile on anyone’s face. He took great pride in sharing his love for serving others through mission trips to New Orleans and Kentucky. He also expressed his passion to serve others through many local projects in the Riverside community.
The family receives friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at the Quincy United Methodist Church, 111 S. Street in Quincy. Pastor Kristen Lawson officiates a funeral service at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 4th at the church. Burial follows in Greenwood-Union Cemetery in DeGraff, with military rites performed by the Logan County Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jerry’s memory, to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, Ohio, 45420; Quincy United Methodist Church Trustees, P.O. Box 46, Quincy, Ohio 43343, or to the Quincy Fire Department, 119 Main St., Quincy, Ohio 43343.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in DeGraff and online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.edsfh.com.