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“How quickly our lives pass! Though the days are long, the years are short and full of trouble and joy. Loved the memorial pictures. So many precious...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Diane Davis Eberhardt - Massillon, OH

“With our heartfelt sympathy. Uncle Bill had such a beautiful smile. I enjoyed his visits to Massillon. I really enjoyed the pictures - seeing grama...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Adrian & Gail (Davis) Combs - OH

“We love you all. It was so nice to see the photos. You are in our prayers. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Harry & Margaret Davis - OH

“Davis Family, We at St. Xavier High School were truly sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: St. Xavier High School - OH


Mr. John William "Bill" Davis, 92, of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away on March 12, 2012, at Blue Ash Hospice of Cincinnati. He was born October 28, 1919, in Massillon, Ohio. He was predeceased by his parents Frederick Howard and Eva Mae (nee Beatty) Davis, sister Helen, and brothers Dale, Don, and Harold. Bill graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he attended on a track scholarship. He set numerous school and meet records in his speciality "the mile" while at Coe and competed in the prestigious Drake Relays. He was the president of his college fraternity, Delta Phi Epsilon. After college, in spite of a vision disability, he served in the United States Army. He graduated from the Army Finance School at Wake Forest, NC and was stationed in Newport News, Va. In 1946, he was discharged as a first lieutenant and moved to Cincinnati. Bill and his business partner, Howard Birney, began Cincinnati Employment Service which counted most of Cincinnati's largest and many other local businesses as their customers. While a partner with Howard for the Kelly Girl franchise in Cincinnati and Dayton, he initiated the concept for Kelly's temporary male division, and Cincinnati became the first location for Kelly Labor. Because of his continued interest in track, he was a starter for the K of C Relays and a starter and timer for the Cincinnati Annual Turkey Day Race in the 1950's and 1960's. Bill loved to fish, whether for walleye in Canada, big game fish in the waters off the coasts of Florida or Mexico, or bluegill in the farm pond at the home of his son. He also loved boating on the Ohio River. He and his wife, Betty, whom he married January 1, 1980 loved to travel to their second home in Florida, and especially to the "wild west." He was a member of the Cincinnati Club where he bowled with friends for many years. He was a Deacon at the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church where he and his family attended. Bill was also a member of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio. He is survived by his wife Betty Distler Davis; son, Michael (Kathy) Davis; daughter, Nancy (David) Brooks; stepdaughters, Linda (Gene) Ferrara, Sandra (Al) Ingram and Roberta (the late Jack) Dooley, and 14 grandchildren: Evan (Amy) Tato, Griffin Tato, Clay Davis, Savannah Davis, Jason (Charlene) Brooks, Elaine (Joseph) Campanie, Jeffrey (Jeryl) Brooks, Leanne (Jay) Bernard, Jason (Michele) Ferrara, Brendan (Carey) Ferrara, Tracy (Tom) Propp, Cortney (Elizabeth) Dooley, Erin (Ladd) Schutte, and Ryan (Christy) Dooley. Bill is also survived by 23 great-grandchildren and two brothers, Harry and Hampton "Hamp" both of Massillon, Ohio. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Tufts Schildmeyer Family Funeral Home, 129 N. Riverside Dr. Loveland, OH. Family will be receiving friends one hour before the service. The service will be conducted by Thomas Sweets, Pastor (Maderia-Silverwood Presbyterian). Friends and family are invited to attend a reception immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Cincinnati (513-891-7700) or the charity of one's choice. Bill will be remembered in our hearts as a man with a terrific sense of humor, who could tell a great joke, and who always had a smile on his face.

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