ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Charles Edward “Bud” Davis, 90, of Rock Island, passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. Services for Mr. Davis will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2502 29th Avenue, Rock Island. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-6 p.m. at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Avenue, Rock Island, where a wake service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military rites will be conducted by the Milan American Legion Post 569/200 and the Rock Island VFW Post 1303.

Memorials may be made to Alleman High School.

Bud was born as a twin on January 15, 1919. He graduated from Rock Island High School in 1937 and St. Ambrose College in 1941. He worked for Walsh Construction of Davenport for two summers during his college years and helped build the Queens Midtown tunnel in NYC and the fresh water tunnel at Newburgh, NY.

Bud served from 1941 to 1945 in both theatres of World War II. He served in the South Pacific with the 37th Division and in Europe with Patton’s 3rd Army and 9th Army. He visited Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge area 50 years later with his family and had many interesting stories to relate.

Bud was united in marriage to Dolores McManus on November 26, 1949, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport, IA. They celebrated their 59th anniversary this past November.

Bud spent his career at International Harvester. He worked in many departments and became general foreman of Heat Treating as well as spending two years in Advanced Planning. He retired in 1978 as night plant superintendent after 32 years of service. In retirement, Bud was a bailiff at the Rock Island Courthouse and a juror once referred to him as “a fireball,” who passed down time during court cases keeping jurors busy with the task of not discussing the case unless they were deliberating.

Bud was known for his interest in people and never met a stranger. He loved children. Bud was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, International Harvester Retirees, Rock Island VFW Post 1303 and a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Allouez Council No. 658, Rock Island. Bud was also a die hard Cubs fan, enjoyed sports and was a consummate dog lover. He volunteered with Junior Achievement during his IH days. He enjoyed traveling with his family and had many fond memories of trips to Ireland, Alaska, Europe, Mexico and eastern Canadian provinces.

Those left to honor his memory are his wife, Dolores; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ellen and Patrick Cunningham of Clarendon Hills, Illinois; a brother-in-law, Grant McManus, Pleasant Valley; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles E. and Sarah Kennedy Davis; his sisters, Jane, Sally and Mary Ellen; and his brother, Thomas. The family would like to thank Beacon of Hope Hospice and the Fort Armstrong for the loving care given to Bud. “A remarkable man is gone now and this world seems a little lessened somehow because he is not a part of it. A little less wise and great. A little less good and brave. May it help to know that he will never be forgotten by those whose lives he touched. And may your own cherished memories bring you comfort.”

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Death date: March 4, 2009