Elvin Davison

Our country has lost another precious World War II Veteran.

Visitation for Elvin E. Davison, 83, will be Tuesday, February 23, 2010 from 6-8 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St. Lawrence, KS.  Cremation will follow.  No funeral services are planned.  A  Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Mr. Davison died February 18, 2010 at his home.

He was born in Lawrence, Kansas on January 18, 1927 to Leslie and Beatrice “Mills” Davison.  He attended Lawrence Public Schools and was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

He joined the Marine Corps in January 1944 and served with the Fourth Marine Division in the Pacific Theater of War during World War II.  He was the first wave of Marines to land at Iwo Jima.  He observed the raising of the flag and was severely wounded the following day.

On April 30, 1947, he married Elaine L. Marsell.  They shared nearly 63 years of marriage.  She survives, of the home.

Mr. Davison was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 852, Lawrence. He was a Golden Eagle Member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 309 and a member of the American Legion 14, both of Lawrence.

A lifelong resident of Lawrence, he retired from Farmland Industries in 1989 after 35 years.

Other survivors include daughters Marilyn Grant, Lawrence, and Jennifer Hathaway and husband Darrell of Overbrook, and son Tom Davison from Lakewood, CO; grandchildren Virginia (Jeff) Sims, Lori (Randy) Stanley, Tracy Bruce, T.J. (Sarah) Davison, Dee Hathaway, Miranda (Heath) Cummings, Chayton Hathaway, and step-granddaughter Andrea Halsted; great-grandchildren Cody Bruce, Dara Mole Baskins, Melissa and Rebecca Mole, Brett and Brooklyn Hadl, and Layla Cummings.

Preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Vernon , Bill and Duane, and his sister Betty.
Also preceded in death by his son-in-law Dr. David J.W. Grant.

He will be remembered as a very loving husband and father who so enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-children, and spending his summers in the mountains of Colorado.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in his name to the VFW Post 852, 138 Alabama, Lawrence, KS  66044.

7 Condolences

  1. Verna Harrell Horton on February 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Elaine, I am so sorry. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Verna Horton
    Arlington, Tx.

  2. Susan Hoefer on February 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Elaine and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    But I know that Elvin is no longer suffering and is at peace now and watching over his family and friends.

    I enjoyed taking care of him for one day at LMH. And I enjoyed talking with you, too, Elaine.

    Blessings of God’s light, love, warmth, peace, health, happiness and abundance.


  3. Vicki Blakeley on February 21, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Marilyn and family-I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely-Vicki

  4. Dennis Hathaway on February 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Elvin and family. Another of the greatest generation who fought for our freedom. Aloha Elvin…Semper Fi

  5. Jeanna Edwards on February 22, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Jennifer and family,
    I am thinking of you and your family at your time of loss and please give your mom and sister a hug for me.

  6. Mary Kay (Scheetz) Howe on February 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Elaine and family,
    Just wanted you to know I am thinking of you. I know Elvin will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Mary Kay

  7. Mary Kay (Scheetz) Howe on February 23, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Elaine and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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