William John Davies, Jr., 91 and a former resident of Lorain, passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at his home, following a full and meaningful life. He was born July 11, 1926 in Lorain. William was raised and lived in Lorain for most of his life, graduating from Lorain High School. He had moved to Vermilion in 2013, where he had resided until his passing.
William proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. during World War II. Among other service awards he was the recipient of the Presidential Unit Citation for his service during the battle of Iwo Jima. His platoon was part of the initial wave of Marines that came ashore at the Red Beach landing site, the deadliest portion of the amphibious assault on the volcanic island. He was employed as a Lorain Police Officer with the Lorain Police Department for 19 years before retiring in 1968. William was also employed as a security officer at the U.S. Steel Corporation in Lorain for 19 years. He was a active member of the Church of the Redeemer in Lorain and was a member of several committees including long standing membership on the church vestry. For 25 years, he along with his wife enjoyed vacationing in Fort Myers, Florida. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Among those who will cherish William's memory are his wife of 67 years, Margaret Davies (nee Super); his sons, William J. Davies, III and Wayne A. Davies both of Vermilion; his daughter, Gwen Stokeley (Walter) of Brownhelm Township; his grandchildren, Ryan Davies, Meredith (Brian) Sealy, Laura Brewer and Curtis Davies and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his infant brother, Howell and by his parents, William John, Sr. and Sarah Ellen Davies (nee Anthony).
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 2 P.M., at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. A reception and meal will take place following the memorial service. Burial will be held privately by the family at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
The family would like to personally thank the staff of Mercy New Life Hospice. They brought into our home a spirit of kindness and a spirit of order. The knowledge and professionalism of each and every person was exceptional and carried us through a very difficult time.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to New Life Hospice, 3500 Kolbe Road, Lorain, Ohio 44053, or Church of the Redeemer, 647 Reid Avenue, P.O. Box 521, Lorain, OH 44052.
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