|Birth: ||Nov. 15, 1916|
|Death: ||Jan. 27, 2007|
Robert Moran ‘Bob' Davis, 90, a resident of Naselle, Wash., died on Jan. 27, 2007, in Astoria, Ore. He was born on Nov. 15, 1916, in Portland, Ore., to Arthur and Mary (Berry) Davis, and was their only child. His paternal grandparents were Finnish immigrants who settled in the Salmon Creek area east of Naselle in 1879. His father had moved to Portland, Ore., to work at his brother, Ed's grocery store.
Bob grew up in southeast Portland, where he graduated from Franklin High School. He then attended trade school in Portland and spent summer months visiting his uncles, Walter, Arvo and Bill who lived in Salmon Creek.
Bob enlisted with the National Guard in 1934, and served until 1937, and then worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad until inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps in April of 1945. He served in China until honorably discharged in 1946.
Following his military duty he worked in Portland, before moving to Seattle where he worked for a machinery rental company. He was transferred to Cosmopolis, to be branch manager for a new store there. Bob eventually purchased the store and changed the name to Pacific Machinery Rental, retiring in 1979. His residence was in Aberdeen for many years.
Bob inherited the Davis family homestead from his uncles and moved there permanently in 1996.
Throughout his life Bob enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also had a lifelong love of aviation, learning to fly seaplanes in Portland, Ore., in the late 1930s. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and after relinquishing his wings enjoyed building and flying remote control aircraft. Bob was very devoted to his family, took great pride in his family heritage in Salmon Creek and possessed a wonderful sense of humor.
Bob met Rhea Davis on an elevator at Roberts Brothers Department store in downtown Portland. Though not related, they shared a common last name and their families had known each other in past years. The couple were married on March 28, 1937, in Portland, and would have celebrated their 70th anniversary this year.
Beside his wife, Bob is survived by sons, Robert Bruce Davis of Portland, Ore., and Charles Andrew Davis of Puyallup, Wash.; half-brother, Allen Nelson of Vancouver, Wash.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Ross Andrew Davis.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Naselle Lutheran Church with a reception following. A cemetery service will be held on Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, at 12:30 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore. The casket will be open on Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, at 10 a.m.. until 5 p.m. at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach.
Memorial donations may be made to the Salmon Creek Cemetery Association, c/o Paul Bjornsgard, 535 Salmon Creek Rd., Naselle, WA 98638.
Those wishing may sign the online guest book at www.penttilaschapel.com.
Ross Andrew Davis (1940 - 1959)*
Willamette National Cemetery
Plot: Section H #3630
Created by: Gare Kunert Allen
Record added: Feb 02, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17771364