Francis R. Davison, 95

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Francis R. Davison, LTC Ret, 95, of Red Hook, passed away on Saturday, September 29th, 2012 at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck with his wife Wilma at his side.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Davison served his country in the United States Air Force for over 23 years having retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was a member of the 361st Fighter Group, the 59th Fighter Squadron and the P-51 Mustang Pilots Association.

Following his retirement from the US Air Force, Mr. Davison worked as a flight instructor with Atlantic Aviation in Tetorboro, NJ and also at Skypark in Red Hook. He also was the Chief Pilot for Brewster Construction and for the AT & T Corp.

Active in his community, Mr. Davison was a past member of the Montgomery Post 429 American Legion in Rhinebeck, the Red Hook-Rhinebeck Lodge 2022 BPOE, the Red Hook Lions Club, and he volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

Mr. Davison loved to travel with Wilma in their RV where they spent winters in Florida and summers in Maine. They also attended many Air Force reunions on the east coast. He also was an avid apiariest (beekeeper) and was an over 20 year member of the Red Hook Golf Club.

Born on August 11, 1917, in Cochranton, PA, he was the son of the late Lee R. and Bessie (Bossard) Davison. He was a graduate of the Townville, PA high school, received his associate’s degree from the University of Maryland, and graduated from Air University at Maxwell Field in Alabama.

Mr. Davison married Wilma Marks Beach in 1995 in Red Hook and she survives at home.

In addition to his loving wife; Wilma R. Beach-Davison of Red Hook, he is survived by three sons; Thomas Davison of Glenmont, NY, Christopher Davison of Rhinebeck, and Jamie Davison of Altamont, NY, a step son; Peter M. Beach of Red Hook, two grandchildren; Audrey Davison, and Thomas Luke Davison both of Glenmont, three step grandchildren; Katelyn Rose Beach of Red Hook, Lauren Belcher of Pouquag, NY, and Ryan Belcher of Red Hook, a sister: Opel Malone of Meadville, PA, and a brother: Kelvin “Bud” (Jean) Davison of Titusville, PA. In addition to his extended family, he is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Davison was predeceased by his first wife; Geraldine Reeves Avery, his second wife; Jacqueline Garrigan, and two brothers: Everett and Donald Davison

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 from 4 to 6 pm with a memorial service to be held at 6pm at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Red Hook, NY. Member of Montgomery Post #429 in Rhinebeck will conduct services along with the members of the Red Hook/Rhinebeck BPOE, and Rev. John Koppenaal. Interment will be private.

Memorial donations may be made in Francis’s memory to the Red Hook-Rhinebeck Lodge 2022 BPOE, PO Box 337, Red Hook, NY 12571 or the Montgomery Post 429 American Legion, P.O. Box 429, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.

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