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0reno Baker "Hap" Davidson
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Birth: Jan. 27, 1904
Dickinson County
Kansas, USA
Death: Sep. 12, 1963
Sedgwick County
Kansas, USA

Oreno B. Davidson, 59, of 413 West Roosevelt, died Thursday evening at Wesleyan hospital in Wichita after an illness of two months.
Born Jan. 27, 1904 near Upland, Mr. Davidson had lived here for the past 30 years. He married Vivian L. Towle on Feb. 15, 1930, who survives him.
Besides his wife, survivors include three children, Mrs. Charlene Towsley, Wichita; Cecil Davidson, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Loren Davidson, Lincoln; two brothers, Dewey, of Wichita, and Lemerick, of Georgia; two sisters, Mrs. Roy Sutter, Wakefield, and Samantha Watkins, of Wichita; and three grandchildren.
The body is at Mass-Hinitt Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
(Junction City Union)
He had an aneurysm of the aorta which was corrected. Shortly after that, another aneurysm surfaced that took his life.
Mr. Davidson was a machinist; being Civil Service, he worked for the government at Ft Riley. At the time of his demise, he was in charge of the machine shop at Ft Riley.
He received several government citations for inventions of machines necessary to carry on business or improvements in existing machines. He would not have been able to patent a new idea or improvement in an existing piece of equipment since it was developed on government time and therefore belonged to the government. It simply solved some existing problem. His contribution, however, was always quickly recognized.
Having a cheerful and up-beat disposition, he was called Happy, later changed to Hap.
He liked to plant things. His property was a myriad of plants and trees. The front yard was full of roses. People remarked they drove out of their way to see the roses.
He liked to fix things, especially sewing machines. No one around him had a sewing machine that was not in perfect working order. He had an analytical mind in things mechanical and built his house himself and "played games" with his son, a mechanical engineer, by solving problems mentally faster than his son could solve them with his slide rule. He was a fanatic advocate of higher education and encouraged his children to pursue an education. He offered a helping hand when necessary and lived to see his three children obtain at least their first degrees.
He was always able to see a lighter side to any situation. In a very dire situation, he could always think of something to say that was genuinely humorous. Some of these sayings were repeated at later times and became part of our family's repertoire. They will not be repeated here, (for them to be funny, you would have to have been there.) It was always fun when he was around.
He was an exceedingly gregarious person and liked people around at all times. He responded to people in all walks of life and all ages. He was always endeavoring to determine what "made them tick."
At his funeral, there was such an out-pouring of flowers that it caused one person to remark that the number of remembrances was almost a sacrilege when there were people in the world who were starving. Perhaps. He was a most loved man.
He left far too young. He never met a person he didn't like.
Family links: 
  Lemerick Rollen Davidson (1857 - 1925)
  Samantha Jane Richards Davidson (1860 - 1947)
  Vivian Lucile Towle Davidson (1907 - 2003)
  Cecil Ray Davidson (1931 - 2004)*
  Loren Ronald Davidson (1937 - 2003)*
  Virgil William Henry Davidson (1879 - 1939)*
  Clifford Ira Davidson (1881 - 1955)*
  Zera Oliver Davidson (1883 - 1960)*
  Amos Sylvester Davidson (1885 - 1956)*
  Nancy Tabitha Davidson Sutter (1887 - 1955)*
  Mary Miranda Davidson Jones (1888 - 1922)*
  Martha Alice Davidson Sutter (1890 - 1982)*
  Lemerick Rollen Davidson (1892 - 1966)*
  Infant Daughter Davidson (1895 - 1895)*
  George Dewey Davidson (1897 - 1976)*
  Samantha Grace Davidson Watkins (1901 - 1991)*
  0reno Baker Davidson (1904 - 1963)
*Calculated relationship
Liberty Cemetery
Dickinson County
Kansas, USA
Created by: charlene towsley
Record added: Sep 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97049210
0reno Baker Hap Davidson
Added by: Don Garrison
0reno Baker Hap Davidson
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- Gabriella T
 Added: Nov. 28, 2013
Daddy, I think of you often. I was so sorry when you left. I wish you could have known my children. I hope you are in a happy place. Love
- charlene towsley
 Added: Dec. 3, 2012

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