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Richard Harding Davis

Richard Harding Davis passed away April 8, 2014 in Fallbrook, Calif. He was a longtime former resident of Medford and Talent, Oregon, as well as Livermore, Calif.; Richmond, Va.; Stroudsburg, Pa.; and Toledo, Ohio.

The son of William Sherman Davis and Flora Belle Bohl Davis, Richard was born October 7, 1919 in Milford, Ohio, the youngest of 11. He was president of his senior class when he graduated in 1940 from Milford High School. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to attend Miami University, Ohio. Richard was drafted into the U.S. Army in July, 1941. He met his future wife, Elaine Steibel, while stationed at Pine Camp, N.Y. and they married at Fort Dix, N.J. in 1943 before his deployment overseas. Upon his return, Richard completed his degree at Miami University. He taught and coached in high school in Ohio and simultaneously earned his M.Ed. at Columbia University in New York.

He then began his career as a civilian supply and packaging specialist for the Army, working at Rosford Army Depot in Toledo, Ohio; Tobyhanna Army Depot outside of Stroudsburg, Pa.; and at Fort Lee, Va. He retired from the civil service at 55, and then worked as a corrections and probation officer in Va.

Richard was a talented, lifelong athlete and pursued several sports: basketball and track & field when younger, and tennis, bowling, hiking and especially golf later on. He utilized his considerable ability for organic gardening and cooking, sharing his harvests and his cooking with family and friends into his 90s. Richard loved dogs and in Talent he assisted many families with their care. He was a quiet, kind and generous man with all his friends and family.

Richard is predeceased by his wife, Elaine and son-in-law Bill Harriff. He is survived by his five children: Barbara Goldman (Jerome), Deborah Small, Victoria Liguori (Victor), Kristine Davis, plus Michael Davis (Kelley). Richard is also survived by five grandchildren; Rebecca Goldman Block, Lisa Liguori, Robert Liguori, Katie Davis, and Matthew Davis; and two great-grandchildren, Sam Mathes and Davis Block.

Memorial contributions can be made to FOTAS-Friends of the Animal Shelter:


Richard Harding Davis