COPPER HARBOR -Robert "Bob" Stanley Davis, 76, of Ormond Beach, Fla., and Copper Harbor, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013, at Hospice of Volusia/Flagler Care Center in Orange City, Fla. He had endured a long, courageous fight with numerous illnesses.
Bob was a retired Executive Regional Planning Director in the Wausau, Wisc., area and 11 municipalities, as well as the owner of the Minnetonka Resort since 1972.
Born Oct. 27, 1936, in Carlinville, Ill., he was the second son of Jonathan E. and Vivian M. (Brown) Davis. He grew up and worked on the family farm in Atwater with his brother and two sisters.
Bob graduated from Carlinville High School, Class of 1954. He earned his Bachelor's degree in geography from Eastern Illinois University.
His family summered in one of two cabins on Lake Medora in the late 40's to 50's. In the mid 50's, Bob bartended at Pontiac Resort and the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge in Copper Harbor where he met his loving wife of 40 years, Judy. The couple was married Oct. 14, 1979, in Copper Harbor.
He served in the US Air Force working on meteorological projects and later, was an assistant city planner in Peoria, Ill.
Bob was a 54-year member and Past Exalted Ruler with the B.P.O.E. in Ormond, as well as Wausau. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge, Rotary and Copper Harbor Improvement Association. Along with others, he helped bring cable television to Copper Harbor to support the local tourism business.
Upon wintering in Florida, Bob went to work as a Realtor and Broker for Watson & A.H. Stone, Century 21.
Bob enjoyed being outdoors. He liked snowshoeing, waterskiing on discs and rocking chairs, racing his Corvette on Brockway Mountain (with the lights off!), boating, golfing and visiting the family camp whenever time allowed during his busy summers. He loved spending time with his new grandchildren and family from afar.
Surviving are his wife, Judith Ellen (Haskins) Davis of Ormond Beach and Copper Harbor; daughter, Johanna Davis of Copper Harbor; son, Art (Miranda) Davis of Copper Harbor; two beautiful granddaughters, Aster and Lillian; brother, Jonathan B. (Marjorie) Davis of Hardin, IL; sister, Doris (Tom) Leffleman of Farmington, Mo.; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and loving friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his beautiful sister, Jean Chamberlain.
Bob's Celebration of Life will be held at the B.P.O.E. 2193 in Ormond Beach, Wednesday, Mar. 20, at 5 p.m. There will also be a service in Michigan later this year.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bob's memory to B.P.O.E. 2193 of Ormond Beach, Fla., 32174 and the Copper Harbor Playground Project, PO Boc 106, Copper Harbor 49918. copperharborplayground.org.
Condolences for the family may be shared at lohmanfuneralhomes.com.