Wednesday, November 25th, 2020
Milton A. Davidson, age 89, of Celina, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020, at Celina Manor.
He was born December 23, 1930, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Franz & Pearl (Barnes) Davidson. On December 24, 1961, Milton married Norma Jean Matthews, who survives in Celina.
They had only one child, a daughter, Shawn Kay Rammel, who preceded him in death on November 24, 2014.
He is survived by granddaughters: Lindsey (Tony) Bidlack and Aubrey Rammel of Celina, son-in-law: John T. Rammel of St. Henry, great grandson, Luke Bidlack, his daughters: Pebble Hernandez of Olympia, Washington, Pam Davidson and Peggy Batton, both of Portland, Oregon, a sister, Naomi Elder of Tulsa, Norma Jean's sister and brother: Margaret McBride of Brookville and James (Beverly) Matthews of Celina, and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his daughter and parents, he was preceded in death by siblings and in-laws: brother, Marion Davidson, and sisters, Lottie (Carm) Avery and Pebble (Bill) Whisman, of Tulsa, and Norma Jean's brother and sisters: Mary Ellen Matthews, Glenn Matthews Jr., Marilyn Zizelman Stewart and Judy Menchofer.
Milton proudly served his country. He enlisted in the U.S. Army before his 18th birthday, then after his Army service, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served tours of duty in Japan, Germany and Vietnam. He was stationed stateside in Texas, Washington, Arizona, Nevada and Alaska. Alaska was his last assignment, with Milton then retiring after more than 25 years of service.
He loved to fish and hunt, and thoroughly enjoyed his time in Alaska. When the Davidsons left Alaska, they drove the Al-Can Highway home in their motorhome. Twenty years later, they made a return trip to Alaska, once again driving the Al-Can Highway in their motorhome.
Milton enjoyed going to Horse Shows to watch his daughter and granddaughters show their horses. He and Norma Jean also loved camping and traveling in their motorhome.
Milton was employed by the Mercer County Sheriff's Office after moving to Celina. Following his retirement from the Sheriff's Office, Milton worked for Don-Ray's in Decatur, Indiana, delivering motorhomes all over the United States.
He loved to play Poker. Milton was a story teller - just ask his family and friends - he was ready to spin a yarn.
He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, American Legion Post #210 and VFW Post #5713, all in Celina. Milton will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, family, and friends.
The Family wishes to extend special thanks to the Celina Manor staff and State of the Heart Hospice for their wonderful care of Milton.
Calling Hours are at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Celina, on Friday, November 27, from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 p.m., with the Funeral Service beginning at 2:00, with Pastor Jon Exman officiating. Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery in Celina.
Graveside Military Rites will be conducted by VFW Post #5713 and American Legion Post #210 of Celina.
Those attending are required to wear masks, practice social distancing as much as possible, and follow the COVID-19 guidelines established by Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to State of the Heart Care, Lots for Soldiers, or any charity for Veterans.
Condolences can be expressed to the Davidson family at dickandsonshellwarthfh.com.