Davis, Russell S., Saginaw, Michigan

Beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away early Saturday, August 13, 2011, at Covenant – Cooper. Age 87 years. He was born June 25, 1924 in Evart, Michigan, the son of the late Merl and Carrie (Kenyon) Davis. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School with the Class of 1942. He served with the US Army during World War II, serving in the European Theatre, Mortuary Detail and was a member of the Kochville V.F.W. Post #9809. He married Ruth J. Geyer on June 22, 1946; she predeceased him October 29, 2004. He retired from General Motors Chevrolet Transmission in 1984 after 35 years of service. He was a charter member of the Saginaw Township Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and served as Trustee. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, and working in his lawn. Surviving are one son, one daughter, and their spouses, Randy and Kim Davis, Jan and Terry Laux, all of Saginaw; grandchildren, Natalie Davis, Ft Myers, FL; Ashleigh Davis (fiancé Ari Mantalvanos), Naples, FL; Brent Davis, Saginaw, MI; Matthew and Carol Laux, and Mark and Sarah Laux, all of Saginaw; three great-granddaughters, Mikayla, Kelly and Mira Laux; one brother-in-law, Walter Geyer, Sacramento, CA; several nieces, nephews and their families. He was predeceased by a sister and her husband, Lucille and Gerald Lesh, and by a sister-in-law, Betty Geyer. Funeral service will take place on Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 808 Weiss. Rev. Michael R. Korte will officiate with burial in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Carrollton V.F.W. Post #1859. His family will receive friends at the W. L. Case & Company Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, where the Kochville V.F.W. Post #9809 will conduct a military walk-through at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. Friends and family may then call at the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church. www.casefuneralhome.com