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Major Thomas I.Davis, USAF (Retired), age 82 of Beavercreek, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, I.V. and Esther Davis, a brother, Michael Davis, and a sister, Christina Davis. He is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Karen Davis. His children also survive him: Lisa Gross and husband Joseph of IL, Brig. Gen. Stephen Davis and wife Nancy of VA and Kristin Piper and husband Clinton of TX. Nine grandchildren also survive him: Amanda Valdes, Andrew Gross, Monica, Elena, Nicholas, Anna, Gianna and Michael Davis, and Kara Piper, as do six brothers and sisters: Raymond Davis, John Davis, Joan Davis, Carol Russo, Mark Davis and Mary Davis. Tom was retired from the United States Air Force after 21 years as an electrical engineer. He served in Vietnam and spent most of his career at WPAFB. Following retirement, he worked for Logicon and MTC, while teaching part-time at Sinclair College. He began teaching at the School of Business Administration at the University of Dayton full time in 1990 and retired in 2013. During his tenure at UD, his students were always his top priority and he loved learning with them. Tom was recognized by SBA students for his teaching with their Professor of the Year Award. His peers also honored him with the SBA 1994 Award for Teaching Excellence. Tom also served as the advisor to Delta Sigma Pi, the professional business fraternity, and in 1993 won the Advisor of the Year award. He also created and established a highly popular "Wines of the World" course at UD. A boundless passion for wine led to a comprehensive knowledge of viniculture, which he enthusiastically shared with others. Tom has made a deep and lasting impact on students, and has enriched the minds, and the palates, of many. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at the University of Dayton Immaculate Conception Chapel, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469 at 10 AM on Saturday, June 17, 2017 with Fr. James Fitz, F.M. officiating. Friends may call at the chapel from 9 AM until the time of the Mass on Saturday. Please park in a single-lettered parking lot at the campus when attending the services. Interment in Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Military Outreach USA at www.militaryoutreachusa.org. Arrangements are in the care of Tobias Funeral Home Beavercreek Chapel. Condolences for the family can be made at www.tobiasfuneralhome.com