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World War II Soldier flag photo of ancestor   John Augustus  DAVIS

  (b. 24 March 1917 Southborough, Massachusetts, USA   d. 27 December 2013 East Lansing, Michigan, USA )  

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John Augustus DAVIS was born 24 March 1917 in Southborough, Massachusetts, USA . John Augustus DAVIS was the child of William North DAVIS   and   Eva Belle LANDRY and the grandchild of: (paternal)  John A DAVIS and Mary Louise MCFARLAND

John Augustus was a soldier in World War II.

John Augustus DAVIS died 27 December 2013 in East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

m. Jane Colteryahn (1921-2006)

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24 March 1917
Southborough, Massachusetts, USA

1930 - Southborough, Massachusetts

name: William N Davis
event: Census
event date: 1930
event place: Southborough, Worcester, Massachusetts
gender: Male
age: 49
marital status: Married
race: White
birthplace: Maine
estimated birth year: 1881
immigration year:
relationship to head of household: Head
father's birthplace: Maine
mother's birthplace: Maine
enumeration district number: 0265
family number: 172
sheet number and letter: 7B
line number: 85
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27 December 2013
East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Dr. John Augustus Davis died Dec. 27, 2013, in East Lansing, surrounded by his four sons. He lived with quiet strength and dignity for 96 years and kept a quote on his wall from Richard E. Byrd: "At the end only two things really matter to a man … the affection and understanding of his family."
He married his soul-mate, Jane Colteryahn on June 24, 1944. During their 62 years of marriage before Jane's death in 2006, they were apart only once, when John's service as a staff sergeant of the 5th Army Air Corps in World War II took him across the Pacific.
John earned his doctorate at Northwestern University in 1966. His dissertation on the Ku Klux Klan documented the evils of institutional racism. He was a professor of American history at Dillard University, Glenville State College and Adrian College. His service as the chairman of the history department at Adrian and deep connection with students earned him emeritus status upon his retirement in 1985.
Well into old age, John was rowing across the quiet waters of Devil's Lake and raising the flags above "Cherry Point," his lake house. John was a loving father and thoughtfully guided his sons into manhood, teaching them not by words but by deeds. His love of family extended to his grandchildren whose lives were shaped in the tender moments spent with "Grampy Davis." With each marriage and birth, he planted a tree at Cherry Point, whose grounds have hosted two weddings, countless croquet games, and several family reunions.
John's family will remember his way of dressing smartly, the pleasures of his large library of history books, and his gift for carving intricate duck decoys, which have become family treasures. John never forgot his east coast heritage and his extended family that remains in Southboro, Mass., where he was born March 24, 1917, to Eva Belle Landry and William North Davis.
The quote on his wall ends by saying, "… family is an everlasting anchorage: a quiet harbor where a man's ships can be left to swing in the moorings of pride and loyalty." John's life will be remembered and celebrated with pride by his family at Cherry Point in July 2014.
John is survived by his four sons, Charles (Paule) of Toronto, Canada; Jack (Cheryl) of Tallahassee, Fla.; Paul (Bonnie) of East Lansing, Mich.; and Mark (Karen) of Chambersburg, Pa.; loving family friend, Ellen Davis; eight grandchildren, Aaron (Jennifer), Doug (Beth), Adrianne (Thomas Johnson), Elisabeth (Keith Power), Matt, Jean-Phillipe, John Morgan and Meghan; three stepgrandchildren, Kaitlyn, Rebecca, and Jonathan Powers; and four great-grandchildren, Adelaide, Adalyn, Jack and Elijah. He is also survived by his brother, Walter Davis of Wellesley, Mass.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lakes Preservation League, The Southern Poverty Law Center or Adrian College.
The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at

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Name of Deceased: John Augustus Davis
Gender: Male
Age at Death: 96
Birth Date: 24 Mar 1917
Birth Place: Cherry Point, Michigan, USA
Death Date: 27 Dec 2013
Death Place: East Lansing, Ingham, Michigan, USA
Obituary Date: 5 Jan 2014
Spouse's Name: Jane
Parents' Names: Eva Belle Landry
Childrens' Names: Charles (Paule) of Toronto, Canada; Jack (Cheryl) of Tallahassee, Fla; Paul (Bonnie) of East Lansing, Mich
Siblings' Names: Walter Davis of Wellesley, Mass.Memorial U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930 - 2015 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2006.

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