8/1/2013 8:00:00 AM Wally Davidson Aug. 6, 1944 - July 31, 2013
Mr. Wallace 'Wally' Davidson, 68, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at his home in the early hours of July 31, 2013.
On Aug, 6, 1944, Wallace H. Davidson was born in Indianapolis. He was the treasured son of Anna Davidson.
Wally grew up in Indianapolis and graduated with great pride from Manual High School with his class in 1963.
When patriotism beckoned, Wally answered the call and served our country with the U.S. Army during the late 1960s. His tour of duty included stints in Thailand and Germany. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Sharpshooter M-14.
At the Never on Friday Dance Club, Wally met the love of his life, Miss Jane Marie Woznicki. Many Friday evenings together, they danced the night away doing the twist and rock and roll. They were married in Carmel on Dec. 5, 1970, sharing life's adventures for over 42 years.
Their union produced two beautiful daughters, Kristine and Kerri. With great excitement, the family awaits the arrival of the third generation later this year.
While living in Indianapolis, Wally enjoyed woodworking. He had a shop in his garage where he created custom gifts for family and special friends, including intricate music boxes, a vanity and a variety of cabinetry.
In July of 2001, Wally and Jane moved to the Rochester community. Here, they cultivated many friendships. They shared an interest in taking ballroom dancing lessons, biking on the Nickel Plate Trail and sharing pizza in Denver before the return trip. They dabbled with creating their own home brewed beer brands and creating cabernet blackberry and strawberry wines.
With a great lifetime interest of trains and locomotion, Wally enjoyed a vast collection of American Flyer Trains. In his basement, he constructed a custom layout that was once featured as a cover story for the Classic Toy Trains magazine. His S-gauge model A.C. Gilbert American Flyer ran on the layout that encompassed a 22 by 25 foot area of his basement. Detail oriented, he assembled the city with a meticulous effort, incorporating landscapes and scale model cars and buildings to compliment the trains' passage around the track.
Through his leadership, the American Flyer Train Club was formed that encompassed members from around a four-state area around the Midwest. He always took time to help others by refurbishing and restoring older model trains. Just a few years ago, he dispensed with his treasured collection.
Wally is lovingly remembered by his wife, Jane; two daughters, Kristine Beltz and husband Mark, of Indianapolis, and Kerri Davidson, of New York City, N.Y.
Friends may visit with the family from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday Aug. 2, 2013, in the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester.
A 7:30 p.m. sunset military service will be accorded by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honors Team.
A celebration of the life of Wallace Davidson will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Good Shepherd Chapel of the Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, 9700 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, where friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service.
Interment will be on the family plot at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.
Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013
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Wally was a good man and an even better friend. We shared many trips in search of toy trains and visited friends associated with the hobby. He always talked about his wife and family and was looking forward to a grandchild. He will be dearly missed.