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Arthur John Davy,

Arthur John Davy, 85, passed away peacefully Feb. 5, 2008, at North Ridge Care Center while under the care of Ministry Hospice. Arthur was born Dec. 20, 1922, to the late Charles and Winifred (Dwyer) Davy in New London. Art attended Washington Hi...

Arthur John Davy, 85, passed away peacefully Feb. 5, 2008, at North Ridge Care Center while under the care of Ministry Hospice.

Arthur was born Dec. 20, 1922, to the late Charles and Winifred (Dwyer) Davy in New London. Art attended Washington High School in New London, graduating in 1939 at the age of 16.

Prior to entering the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1940, he hitchhiked out to the northwest spending time in Washington state doing odd jobs. In the summer of 1941 he began college at Oshkosh State Teachers College (UW-Oshkosh).

He attended Oshkosh until March of 1943 when he enlisted in the Air Force. Art served in the Eighth Air Force in England and was honorably discharged in October of 1945. He participated in 33 bombing missions over Germany. He was awarded the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Following his military service, Art attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated in August 1947. He then became employed at Trade Press Publishing Co. in Milwaukee from 1947 to 1950.

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He fell in love with and married Ethel Frances Meyer at St. Mary's in Winneconne on June 19, 1948. They moved to Stevens Point in 1950 when Art began working for Hardware Mutual, later called Sentry Insurance. He retired from Sentry in 1983. Ethel preceded him in death in December 1995.

In the 1960s he was a member and president of the La Crosse Diocesan Board of Catholic Social Services. Art was a member and twice president of the Stevens Point Police and Fire Commission from 1978 to 1985. He was also a member of the Stevens Point Planning Commission for 15 years.

Art found his greatest satisfaction in volunteer work. He volunteered to instruct religion classes to the child migrant workers and teachers baptism classes for St. Stephen Church. He also volunteered to move furniture at St. Vincent de Paul, recorded text books and newspapers for the blind, and assisted grade school children with learning to read.

A lifetime learning advocate, Art studied for and earned the Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant designation during his working years. After his retirement he was a frequent student at UW-Stevens Point and more recently an active participant in the LIFE program.

Art enjoyed travel. He frequently used opportunities in the Elderhostel programs for both foreign and domestic trips. He loved to garden and play cards. Art enjoyed fishing and playing golf and would often use them as excuses to spend time with good friends. He loved to smile and make people around him laugh. He followed the Packers, drank Point Beer, and enjoyed Irish whiskey. He dearly loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by sons, John (Patti) of Superior and Timothy (Nadine) of Stevens Point; daughters, Mary (Steve) Oakley of Minneapolis and Anne of Escanaba, Mich.; grandchildren, Jillian, Patrick, Dennis, Elisabeth, Sarah, Claire, Martin, Samuel, Christopher and Molly; and great-grandchildren, Jazmine and Colin.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m. Monday at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Stevens Point. Burial follows the service at parish cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday at Boston Funeral Home in Stevens Point, 2-5 p.m., with a prayer service at 5 p.m. and on Monday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of service.

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