Arthur “Art” W. Davis, 61, of Warsaw, Indiana, died at 1:49 p.m. April 30, 2008, in Indiana Medical Center, Indianapolis.
He was born March 25, 1947, in Camden, N.J. to John J. Sr. and Catherine Nicholls Davis. On June 12, 1971, in Haddon Heights (NJ) Baptist Church, he married Laura Ritz, who survives.
Working at Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana, for 34 years, Davis was chairman of the art department at the time of his death. He worked at Ken Anderson Films, where he directed nine animated children’s films; designed advertising board ads for Wagon Wheel Playhouse, Warsaw; and designed the new façade for the Warsaw Ramada Inn.
He was a freelance photographer for the Warsaw Times-Union, photographing high school sports and Fort Wayne Komet Hockey games.
He was a 35-year Warsaw area resident and a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in Thailand. He was honorably discharged as SSG Arthur W. Davis on November 11, 1975, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Philadelphia College of Art in 1969, and a master’s degree in education from East New Mexico University in 1973. He was an active member of Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where he was part of the sound team, and a longtime member of Rozella Ford Golf Club, Warsaw.
Also surviving are two sons, Brian Davis (and fiancé Amy Strong) Fort Wayne, and Kevin (and spouse June) Davis, Orlando, Fla.; his father, John J. Davis Sr., North Manchester, Ind.; two brothers, John J. Jr. (and spouse Carolyn) Davis and Robert Davis, both of Warsaw; a cousin, Mary Jane Faint (and spouse Larry) Shaw, Orlando, Fla.; and a niece, Deborah (and spouse John) Barr, Denver. Colo. He was preceded in death by his mother, Catherine Davis, who died in November, 1997.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Warsaw Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Warsaw, with the Rev. Ron Horgan of the church officiating. A private graveside service will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
Calling is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw.
Memorials to the Grace College Art Dept., c/o Grace College, 200 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, IN 46590.