William E. Davis, 66, of Front Street, Franklin died at his home at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday March 13, 2013 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
A son of the late Jack W. and Jean B. Frank Davis he was born in Oil City on November 25, 1946. Bill was a graduate of Rocky Grove High School.
He was a veteran of the Viet Nam War serving proudly aboard the USS Franklin D Roosevelt with the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Davis retired from Joy after 40 years of service. At the time of his retirement he was in the purchasing and inventory department.
Bill was a life member of the Franklin VFW and the Venango County Coon & Fox Hunter?s Association where he held several offices currently serving as vice-president. An avid outdoorsman he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and making his own fishing lures. He also had raced go-karts. He was an excellent artist and was talented in engraving and woodworking. In his spare time he could be found ?tinkering? or working on his computer.
On September 10, 1971 he married the former Donna J. Austin, she survives along with a son Jeff Davis and his wife Trudy of Franklin, two daughters Kelly Feely and Terri Scott and her fiancé Randy Kopf all of Franklin; 7 grandchildren, Joshua Barger and his special friend Kimberly Lovelace who thought of Bill as her grandfather, Tyler Davis, Ian Scott, Darryk Feely, Jarred Feely, Lindsay Bowman and Nicholas Bowman. Also surviving are two sisters Barbara Rugh and Kathy Davis both of Franklin, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. Not to be forgotten are his beloved dogs, Buddy, Snowball and The Bagel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two nephews John and Jason Parker, a brother-in-law James Rugh and a very special cousin, his ?partner-in-crime? Skip McDaniel.
Friends will be received in the Huff Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 312 W. Park St. from 6-8 p.m. Thursday and from 11 a.m. until noon Friday. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home at noon Friday with the Rev. Barry Markle, pastor of the Community Church of God, Cooperstown officiating.
Military honors will be rendered by the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard.
Interment will follow in Lamey Cemetery.