Ronald Alfred Davis, age 79, of Columbus, Ohio died January 5, 2021 after an extended illness with COVID-19. He was born on June 3, 1941 in Columbus, Ohio the son of the late Louis C. Davis and Helen L. Weir Davis. He is survived by his wife Pamela, daughter Diane Lang (Andrew Young), daughter Veronica Wohrle (William), grandchildren Andrew, Alison, Adam and Kaitlyn, bonus grandchildren Alexander and Katherine Young, brothers Robert (Sandra) and Jack (Doris), his dog Lucy and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by siblings, William, Jimmie, Glenn, Fred, and Shirley; niece Sheila Davis Hahn; nephew Kevin Orr; granddaughter Madison Papp and mother-in-law Bettye Reed.
As a child, the Davis boys were well-known around the Columbus neighborhood, Flytown, where they mostly wreaked havoc on their sister Shirley (according to Shirley). The family attended 4th Avenue Christian Church where Ron’s mother, Helen prayed for mercy. They had enough people for both a basketball team and a baseball team and dominated the recreational leagues for years (or so we were told). He and his brothers worked as caddies at Scioto Country Club and later, Ron earned sharpshooter and expert pistol qualifications while serving as an MP in the United States Army in Germany, where he enjoyed the European landscape and the 10-cent beers.
In 1977, Ron met Pamela Reed. Never one to rush into a situation, Ron waited until 1991 to marry her. They just celebrated their 29th anniversary. Ron worked for nearly 30 years for the family business, Davis Piano Moving, where he could lift thousands of pounds of musical instruments every day, with only the nutrition of a single Hostess King Don. As a lifelong Columbus resident, he was a proud Ohio State Buckeyes fan, which he referred to as “his Buckeyes”, unless they were losing, in which case they were “yours.” He was also a longtime member of the Hunt and Fish Club and the Buckeye Club.
Ron was well-known for his one-liners, puns, magic tricks with a handkerchief, Santa collection and impeccable Bud-Light-opening skills, but his proudest achievements were his children and grandchildren. His smile, laughter, infectious joy, generosity, and sense of humor will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Private ceremony and interment will take place at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the family.