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Laddie F. Davis “Sarge”, 94

Laddie F. Davis “Sarge”, 94, passed away peacefully in his home
with family by his side on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. He was born
in Akron, Ohio, the son of Elbert Weil Davis and Bertha Luetta
Wyatt. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Kenneth, Corvis
and David Davis, his adopted brother, Frank H. Horvat and
Richard T. and Gloria Adante, his beloved sister. He is survived by
nephews, Richard (Maria) Adante, David (Laura) Adante and
Thomas (Judy) Adante; niece, Jeanette Schmitt, as well as,
grandnieces, Courtney, Nicole and Kristin Adante, grandnephew,
Rick Adante and great-grandnieces, Natalie and Isabella Adante.
Laddie also leaves behind scores of friends who will greatly miss
him.
After graduating from East High School, Laddie worked in the
restaurant industry in Akron until he enlisted in the Army in 1951.
He served in both the Korean Conflict and completed two tours in
Vietnam. During his twenty-three years of service, he spent eleven
years on various overseas deployments and retired in 1974.
His service continued after retirement and included membership
in the Magic City Kiwanis Club of Barberton, where he participated
in many community projects, oftentimes serving the needs of
children. As a volunteer for Barberton’s Magical Theatre
Company, he worked behind the scenes utilizing his woodworking
and furniture refinishing talents. He also willingly served as an all-
around handyman to any family member, friend or neighbor in
need. It has been said that “it’s when you’re acting selflessly that
you are at your bravest”. To those who knew him, Laddie was the
bravest man they ever met.
Laddie was also no stranger to the joys of life. Perhaps his
favorite pastime was tending to his large garden, where he loved
“digging in the dirt”, and afterwards enjoying a few beers on his
patio with friends Bob, Jack, Art and Barry and whoever else
happened to drop by. (Sarge, we’ll miss your garlic!) Laddie’s

favorite travel destination was Las Vegas, where he’d love sitting at
a video poker machine and ordering “free” beers (He even won a
jackpot!). Always a hardy eater, Laddie looked forward to joining
family and friends at the table for a picnic or a holiday meal, where
he entertained everyone with his reminisces and recitations (He
could still recite “Old Ironsides” by Oliver Wendall Holmes, a poem
he memorized in high school!). During the colder days when he
couldn’t enjoy the outdoors, he relaxed with his cats, while watching
sports or the news.
Laddie loved his country as much as he did his family and
friends. Sarge, our hearts are playing “Taps”.
The family wishes to acknowledge nurses, Jen, Cheryl and Kit at
Traditions Hospice Care for their kindness and professional care.
Also, they wish to extend their deepest appreciation to Kayla,
Denise, Theresa and Melissa, the caregiver ladies from Home
Instead, and a special thank you to Mary Jackson from Home
Instead, who continued to be a loyal companion and friend to
Laddie for sixteen years.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 from 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. at the
Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave.,
Barberton with Fr. Dave Stavarz officiating. Inurnment will follow
with military honors at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Magic City
Kiwanis Club of Barberton, PO Box 561, Barberton, OH 44203 or to
the Magical Theatre Company at 565 W. Tuscarawas Ave,
Barberton, OH 44203.

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