A memorial gathering for Denzil “Dale” Davidson, Jr., 66, , will be held 7 – 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2010 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence. He died July, 18, 2010 at his home.
He was born on September 18, 1943 in Neosho, Missouri the son of Denzel D., Sr. and Francis (Culkin) Davidson.
He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1961. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1961 – 1964 aboard the USS Destroyer Frank E. Evans DD754 as a boiler operator. Denzil worked in the maintenance department at Lawrence Memorial Hospital from 1967 – 1972 and at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant as a boiler operator and maintenance supervisor from 1972 – 1993. From 1994 – 2001 he worked for the Lawrence Bus Company as a driver and route supervisor and from 2001 – 2010 he was a shift supervisor at MV Transportation.
Denzil was a member of the American Legion Post 64 in Pittsburg, Kansas and Boy Scouts of America.
He married Sondra D. Heavin on January 8, 1965 in Miami, OK. She preceded him in death on June 1, 2007.
Survivors include his father, Denzel “Denny” D. Davidson, Sr., Pittsburg, KS; two daughters, Jani D. Heavin, Olathe, KS, and Denise D. Jones, Lee’s Summit, MO; one son, Duane L. Davidson, Shawnee, KS; one brother, Jerry L. Davidson, Reno, NV; ten grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care and may be sent in care of the mortuary.