Lynn Arthur Davis, 99, born July 3, 1920, in Rockford, passed away on November 21, 2019. He was the son of Edith (Larson) and Dale Lynn Davis. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee during World War II in the Pacific Theatre of operations. Lynn was a member of Court Street Methodist Church and United Methodist Men’s Club. Charter Member of the YMCA Men’s Club, former member of the Rockford Elks Club and Rockford Moose Club. Former member of Rocky River Methodist Church where he served on the Trustee Committee. Retired from Sundstrand Machine and Tool after 38 years as a Service Engineer and General Foreman. Later employed at Bourn and Koch Tool Company as Superintendent.
Lynn married Dolores (Dee or “Granny”) Seiter August 10, 1946 and they have three children, Don (wife, Julie Smith) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Debbie (husband, Bill Goldman) of Boca Raton, Florida, and Cindy (husband Jim Conboy) of Rockford, Illinois. Lynn was predeceased by the love of his life, Dee; his parents; brother, Ross and sister, Ramona Davis Nelson.
Renamed “Bumpa” by his grandchildren, he proved to be extraordinarily capable of loving and spoiling all seven grandchildren, Cheryl, Melanie, Ryan, Becca, Justin, Courtney and Kelsey. Once he had mastered that task it was time for the next group....thirteen great-grandchildren! Twelve boys: Jordan, Payton, Christian, Donovan, Wyatt, Ethan, Levi, Jonah, Levi, Dylan, Jaxon, and Colton. And most recently, a girl: Delaney. Bumpa was an avid outdoorsman and amongst the things he loved to do were camp and fish. He was a great camper. Camping was a big part of family life growing up. It carried over when the grandchildren were growing up. Much of the family had permanent camping sites at Petenwell Lake, Wisconsin in the summer. Granny and Bumpa were fixtures at Wilderness Campground and the grandkids could always count on cookies and fun projects for entertainment. Adults always counted on cocktail hour(s). Bumpa could always draw a laughing and cheering crowd of young and old alike while trying to back the canoe down the boat ramp as Granny provided direction. In Rockford, the Davis home on Harris Road always had an open door for friends and family alike.
His children would like to thank the staff at Highview in the Woodlands for providing a wonderful place for our father to spend his final years. A special thank you to the amazing hospice workers who so patiently and lovingly cared for Dad these last few months as he struggled to escape the ugly bonds of dementia. Debbie and Don wish to express our undying gratitude and appreciation to our sister Cindy and husband Jim for providing every conceivable aspect of support for Dad over the last nine years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Court Street Methodist Church which has provided a religious home for the family for many years. Or simply donate to your favorite charity in his memory.
A Celebration of Life will be held Monday, December 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM followed by a reception at 12:00 PM at Court Street Methodist Church, 215 N. Court St., Rockford, Illinois 61103.
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