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Robert "Bob" Frances Davis

February 13, 1923 January 22, 2015
Robert "Bob" Frances Davis
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PEORIA – Robert “Bob” F. Davis, 92, of West Peoria passed away at 8:58 am Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. He was born on Feb. 13, 1923, in Peoria, the son of Ralph C. and Clara M. (Roth) Davis. He married Edythe L. Johnson in Peoria on Nov. 14, 1942. She preceded him in death on May 30, 1994. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Donald; and a sister, Dorothy Haning. He is survived by five daughters, Linda Allsup of Bellevue, Ill.; Kathy (Carl) Anderson of Brimfield, Ill., Susan King of Morrison, Tenn., Merri Davis of Peoria, Ill., and Debra Meyers of Laura, Ill.; and two sons, Robert (Sheila) Davis of Peoria, Ill. and James Davis of West Peoria, Ill. He is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren, whom he adored and loved playing jokes on. He would recite witty poems to all his children, each child having one of their own. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II in the 63rd Battalion Company A Engineers Unit in France and Belgium. His first job was for Meister Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Local #1 and worked out of that union until his retirement. In his spare time, he loved doing crossword puzzles and trying to beat his family in a great game of Scrabble, which he had to cheat to accomplish. He loved traveling to his annual army reunions. He was a long time member of the Big 25 Sportsmen’s Club in Victoria, Ill., where he enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. In his later years, he developed the art of painting really good landscapes with house paint, making his own wine and watching FOX news. He could devour a box of English Toffee and roasted peanuts like no one else. He was an avid mushroom hunter, finding all the good spots and never sharing where they were (even to this day). He was a kind-hearted man full of love, just ask anyone and they would TAYTO! Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, at St. Mark Catholic Church. Msgr. Brian Brownsey will officiate. Visitation will be on Monday from 4 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Further visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the services on Tuesday. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in West Peoria with full military rites. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to


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