Carl J. Davis

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died September 4th, 2019

Carl J. Davis, 94, passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2019, at Lakeview Assisted Living in Gladstone.

Carl was born in Gladstone on May 15, 1925, son of Carl and Eunice (Pineau) Davis. He attended All Saints Catholic Grade School and Escanaba High School, Class of 1943.

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. on August 12, 1943, serving on the Pacific coast.  While on his way to Guam, the war ended.  He was then posted to China, repatriating Japanese military until his honorable discharge in August, 1946.

On November 18, 1944, Carl married Betty Dishno at St. Bridget’s Church in San Francisco, CA.  She preceded him in death in 2009.

Carl began his career at Mead Paper in 1947. He worked there for 40 years before retiring as a conversion foreman in 1987.

He was a member of St. Joseph and Patrick’s Church, American Legion, Elks Lodge 354, Escanaba Country Club and Mead Corp Foreman’s Club.

Carl loved to travel. He also enjoyed playing golf, woodworking, and indigenous gaming.

Among survivors are his children, Michael (Diane) Davis of Livonia and Stephen (Carol) Davis of Escanaba; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Carl was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; son, William Davis; and siblings, Robert Davis, Laura St. Peter and Richard Davis.

Visitation will be Saturday, September 28th from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba.  The Delta County Veterans Council and Marine Honor Guard will have military rites at 10 a.m.  The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Deacon Mike LeBeau officiating.  A gathering will immediately follow at the multi-use complex on the U.P. State Fairgrounds.

A graveside service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery.

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3 Tributes to “Carl J. Davis”

  1. Steve and Mike,

    I posted the following on my own face book page as well as part of Cate’s message to Uncle Carl on face book. Please know you are both being thought of now and in the days to come – as well as Diane and Carol. A loss like this is difficult indeed – but you are brothers – and that is ALL you will need – after all you have the best example EVER to follow.


    In Memory of Uncle Carl – who passed away September 4, 2019.

    Uncle Carl was such a genuine, kind and caring man. Our Father (Richard) loved him – they were so close – a perfect example of the love shared by two brothers. I still recall the two weeks prior to our Dads death – and his final conversation with Uncle Carl – it was so hard for Dad to say good-bye to his Brother Carl. Now Uncle Carl is gone – a real void exists today – and the days to follow. Some how Mike and Steve will surely carry on the “brotherly love model” – a foundation – and example – beautifully fashioned by Our Fathers. Love and miss you Uncle Carl – you were very much like a second Father to me. Go Packers! With much love – Nephew John.

    “The only truly dead are those who have been forgotten” (old Jewish saying) – You My Dear Uncle – will never be forgotten.

    You Tube presentation – click below:

    With much love – Mike and Steve,

    Cousin John

  2. To the Family of Carl Davis,
    It saddens me to hear of Carl’s passing. He was a special man in my mom’s life for many years as they were great companions.
    My condolences to the family who are wonderful people and cared for Carl deeply.
    He is and will be missed.
    I will never forget him and his kindness and patience. Rest in Peace Dear Carl.

  3. Steve,Carol,Mike,and Diane,
    Our deepest sympathies to the passing of your dad /father-in-law. We will be thinking and praying for the families during this difficult time.

    Gary & Becky Lehman

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