CHARLES W. DAVIS

1920-2009

Charles W. Davis, 89, Newcomerstown, passed away at his Newcomerstown residence on Friday morning, Dec. 4, 2009.

Charles was born in Salem Township, Tuscarawas County, Nov. 2, 1920, a son of the late John S. and Lillian M. Haas Davis.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a sergeant with Battery A, 209th Field Artillery Battalion, in central Europe.

Charles retired in 1996 as a maintenance department employee of Salem Township where he was employed for many years. He also served as a Salem Township trustee before and after his employment with the township. He was a member of the Retired Ohio Township Association. Prior to this, Charles was the owner and operator of the former Farmers' Elevator Feed Mill, Port Washington, for many years.

Charles was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Newcomerstown, and served as a former church trustee. He also was a member of the Darrell Beiter Post No. 3303, Newcomerstown VFW. Charles was also a founder, trustee and volunteer for the Tri-County Ambulance organization from its beginning days.

He enjoyed farming, gardening, raising cattle, and working on jig saw, crossword and word search puzzles.

Charles is survived by his wife of 54 years, Norma L. Mason Davis, Newcomerstown, whom he married Feb. 12, 1955. He is also survived by two daughters and two sons, Peggy L. (Leonard W.) Klusty of West Lafayette, Vicki L. Mason of Newcomerstown, Harold C. (Vickie A.) Davis of Coshocton and Charles W. "Chuck" (Jodi A.) Davis of Dover; eight grandchildren, Emily and Amy Klusty, Columbus, Joshua and Jacob Mason and their father, Curtis Mason, Newcomerstown, Analea Davis and fiancé Steve Smith, and Casey Davis, all of Coshocton, and Conner and Garret Davis, both of Dover; and several nieces and nephews.

Charles was the last member of his generation of the Davis family, having been preceded in death by brothers, Clarence E. Davis, Newcomerstown, who died in 1988; Curtis L. Davis, Port Washington, who died in 1976; C. Caroline Davis, Port Washington, who died in 1997; and Mildred K. Davis, Port Washington, who died in 1998. Also deceased is his sister-in-law, Virginia R. King Davis (Mrs. Clarence), Newcomerstown, who died in 1979.

Funeral services to celebrate Charles' life were Dec. 8, 2009, at the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown.

Rev. Garry Marlatt officiated. Burial was in the Salem-Union Cemetery, Port Washington, where the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard will perform military graveside services.

The family is requesting that memorials be made in Charles' name to the Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 201 W. Third St., Dover, OH 44622.