Robert Leslie Davis
1925 – 2010
BETHEL – Robert “Bob” Leslie Davis, 84, of Bethel, died March 15, at his home, with his wife by his side.
He was born Nov. 4, 1925, in West Bethel, the son of Wilbur and Ruby (Luxton) Davis. He attended schools in West Bethel and Gould Academy. On Dec. 1, 1947, he married Pauline Philbrick at the Sudbury Inn, Bethel.
Bob served in the 11th Airborne Division as a paratrooper 1944 to 1946 in World War II, with duty in the Philippines, Okinawa and Japan and received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two stars, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and WWII Victory Medal.
He started work for the Bethel road crew in the spring 1947, became foreman/director of Public Works in 1960, and retired from the town of Bethel in 1987. He joined the Bethel Fire Department in 1956, and served as fire chief from 1977 to 1989. After retirement, he worked for Cross Excavation for two years.
In 1990, he and Polly traveled across the United States in their motor home and enjoyed camping along the way and spent time in Wyoming with their son, Wayne and family.
He was a member of the Bethel Masonic Lodge 97 from 1950 on and received his 50-year pin. He was a lifetime member of Mundt-Allen Post 81, Bethel; a member of VFW, American Rifle Association and board of directors Maine Chapter American Public Works Association.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Pauline; his children, Wayne of Green River, Wyo., Craig and Margo of Bethel, Keith and Cyndi of West Bethel and Rebecca and Bradford Warren of Cooper; his sisters, Arlene Lowell of Bethel, Nancy Brown of Gorham and Elizabeth Gilbert of West Bethel; his brother, Lawrence and wife, Freda, of West Bethel; his sister-in-law, Rebecca Kendall of Bethel; brother-in-law, James Blacquiere of Oxford; many special friends, including Roland “Oscar” Annis of Bethel; his grandchildren, Todd and Nikki Davis, Ryan and Candace Davis, Kate and Daryan Saunders, Sara and Cody Davis, Cory Davis, Adam Davis, Kailee and Brent Colbeth and Colin Wagner; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents; and a sister, Patricia Blacquiere.