THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
John V. Davis
John V. Davis, 87, of Marinette, formerly of Appleton, passed away at home Dec. 19.
Born Aug. 30, 1926 in Watchorn, Okla. to Glen and Carmen Davis, he was a United States Army World War II veteran in the Pacific Theater. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from UW-Madison in 1952 and had a career as a structural engineer in Appleton. His designs included university buildings, schools, and paper mill facilities throughout Wisconsin and beyond. His precedent-setting roof design for St. Rita's Catholic Church in Milwaukee was a cast-concrete hyperbolic paraboloid with no interior supports.
He enjoyed sailing on inland lakes, the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, venturing to Bermuda, the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. The couple enjoyed traveling in North America and Europe and their trips inspired many of his watercolor paintings. An active member in the Association for Retarded Children, he served as President in Outagamie County and was a Special Olympics coach for many years. In 2007 he and his wife moved to Shadow Lake in Waupaca, where they spent summer evenings exploring the lakeshore in their canoe. In 2011 they moved to Marinette where they often strolled on the breakfront and enjoyed inspecting the boats anchored at the marina. He had a broad intellect, dry wit and was devoted to his family.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty; four daughters, Ellen Davis (Mark Klein), Almond, Kathryn Hager (Phil Karjala), Marinette, Susan Davis, St. Paul, Minn. and Judy Coats, Madison; a son Paul, Marinette; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Glen and Ted and a sister, Phyllis.
Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home is assisting the family. Memorials may be sent to Respite Care of Marinette & Menominee Counties, Inc., P.O. Box 433, Marinette, Wi. 54143.