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Obituary of Donald E. Davis


Donald E. Davis 92, of Cortland New York, passed away Thursday, June 8th, 2023. He was born in Cortland on January 9, 1931. Donald was a graduate of Cortland High School in 1949.


He is predeceased by his mother, Naomi K. Davis, his father, Clyde Davis, his wife of 67 years Betty Kneedler Davis and his daughter Deborah Davis Torkelson.

Donald is survived by his siblings Jerry (Wanda) Davis, Robert Davis and MaryEllen Davis Reddick, his children Donna (Melissa) Davis-Howard and Dale (Karen) Davis, both of Cortland and a son-in-law Steven (Deb)Torkelson of Farmington. Donald is also survived by his grandchildren Stephanie (Caleb) Sharp, Andrew Torkelson, Matthew, Samuel and Sarah Davis-Howard, Marissa (Luis) Perdomo, Gabrielle (Jacob Smith) DeFranco, Ariana DeFranco and great grandchildren, Jaiden Perdomo, and many nieces and nephews.

Donald was an Army Veteran and served in Korea. He worked for the Cortland DPW as one of his very first jobs. He also worked for Kellogg Auto, Brockway Trucks when they had their plant in Cortland, Cortland Foreign Motors Dealership, Cortland Nissan-Saab Dealership in Polkville, Lawson Products, SOS Metal and Cortland Pump. Don was making sales for SOS Metal until he was 91. Donald also served his community as 4th Ward Alderman of Cortland.

Donald loved his family, going to church and meeting friends for coffee or for ice cream. He enjoyed taking long rides in the countryside. Donald loved being outside and gardening.

Calling hours will be at the Church of Blodgett Mills on Thursday, June 22nd at 3333 Clute Rd, Cortland New York, from 2:00-4:00. The funeral will follow at 4:00. Pastor Thomas Heotzler will lead the service. There will be a reception after the service.

Donations can be made to the Church of Blodgett Mills, P.O.Box 51, Blodgett Mills, New York, 13738.

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