OBITUARY

Gary Davidson

November 24, 1942April 9, 2021

Gary L. Davidson, 78 of Galena, Missouri, peacefully passed away on April the 9th surrounded by loved ones, after a difficult battle with Cardio- Pulmonary disease.

Gary was born on November 24, 1942 to Thomas Marshall and Avis Lawrence Davidson in the small town of Galena, Missouri. After graduation from Galena High School, Gary attended Southeast Missouri State and shortly afterwards entered the United States Air Force.

While in the Air Force he trained at Kessler AFB, Mississippi, as a Communication Specialist and Radio Repair Technician. He later did a tour in Korea and afterwards was reassigned to Eglin AFB, Florida. In 1969, while in Florida, Gary’s best friend (future brother in-law) introduced him to Josie Ortega and were married on January 3, 1970. The loving couple were blessed with a son Gary Marshall Davidson.

Gary was discharged from the Air Force in 1967 and worked and retired from the FAA as a SFO manager, on December 31, 1999. During his retirement, Gary enjoyed being the “Jack of all trades” always had a story to share, and his sense of humor and his giggling laughter will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife Josie of 51 years, daughter in-law Indira Davidson and grand-daughter Mina, sister and brother in law Brenda and Gary Baker and numerous nephews, nieces, and friends.

He is predeceased by his parents, Thomas Marshall and Avis Lawrence, grandparents Bert and Bessie Lawrence and his only son Gary Marshall.

Prayer Services and viewing will be held at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home Chapel Wednesday the 12th of May from 4pm-8pm. Funeral Mass will be held Thursday the 13th of May at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church at 11:00 am.

***Family to meet at the funeral home at 9:00 am, will be departing the funeral home to the church at 10:00am in procession**

Graveside Services following funeral mass, at 1:15pm at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Shelter #2.

Services

12 May

Vistation

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

Sunset Northwest Chapel

6321 Bandera Road
San Antonio, TX 78238

Covid-19 Restrictions: 60 family and guest limit at facility. All must be wearing facial coverings and practice social distancing throughout facility.
12 May

Prayer Service

7:00 pm

Sunset Northwest Funeral Home

Celebration of Life Suite

6321 Bandera Road
San Antonio, TX 78238

Covid-19 Restrictions: 60 family and guest limit at facility. All must be wearing facial coverings and practice social distancing throughout facility.
13 May

Funeral Mass

11:00 am

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church

8500 Cross Mountain Trail
San Antonio, TX 78255

Covid-19 Restrictions: 50 family and guest limit at facility. All must be wearing facial coverings and practice social distancing throughout facility.
13 May

Committal Service

1:15 pm

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

1520 Harry Wurzbach Road
San Antonio, TX 78234

Covid-19 Restrictions: 50 family and guest limit at Cemetery. All must be wearing facial coverings and practice social distancing throughout Cemetery.

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Josie Davidson

May 3, 2021

Special thanks to everyone for all their prayers.
I acknowledge on Gary's behalf, his childhood friends:
Larry Scott, Perry Walker, Don Dennington,and Felix Ortega (Best Man), and thank you Gale Coffey, for keeping in touch with Gary during his toughest times in the hospital.

Gary leaves one sister, Brenda Baker and her husband, Gary Baker, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Indira Davidson

May 2, 2021

great day

Indira Davidson

May 2, 2021

Dad, I miss you already!
I know you and Marshall are together, but it doesn't take away the deep sorrow we feel. I remember the beautiful cards you would give me at each holiday. They were to "My son and daughter-in-law". You made it a point to scratch out the "in-law" and just leave daughter every time. You'd also scratch out the price on the back. Something your son did as well since the day I met him. I miss you calling my "hon" and telling me how proud you were of me.

For the last 17+ years you have been my father. You used to tell me how happy you and Josie were that I married Marshall. The truth is, I felt more blessed than you will ever know. I want you to know that it's just your 3 ladies now and we will forever take care of each other. Josie, Mina and I will love you and Marshall until the end of time.

My love for you always,
Your daughter and granddaughter- Indi & Mina

Monika Schulze

May 1, 2021

Josie, you and your family are in our thoughts during this difficult time. May your memories of Gary give you comfort and joy. He will be greatly missed. We are very sorry for your loss.

Josie Davidson

April 30, 2021

From your wife, Josie Davidson
Gary, since I met you, I have fallen in love with you at least a hundred times, for a hundred reasons. Sometimes I would fall in love with you when I watched you doing something you enjoyed, something you were so involved in that you were so unaware of my presence. Sometimes I’d fall in love with you when I listened to you talk to other people, whether you were being interesting, funny, or warm and caring, or concerned. You had a way of making people feel better with nothing more than your words. Sometimes I fell in love with you just thinking about you, remembering all the memories we have made, such as falling in love for the first time, staying in love during the rough times, and finding more to love about each other every day. I think about the wonderful things we will miss that would have lied ahead of us. I would still fall totally and completely in love with you all over again and again.
I will miss you my love. Over and over again forever.
All my love,
Josie

Amy Baker

April 30, 2021

Aunt Jo,

I am so very sorry. Uncle Gary was a man full of life and love. That was until it came down to a card game or Scrabble then it was war (ha!). Those are the memories that I think of. The laughter, the jokes and the conversations. The love he had for you and Marsh were undeniable. Words can never take away all the pain and emptiness that you may feel but please know that you are loved and thought of often.
Amy

Irene Cox

April 30, 2021

Josie, I am so so sorry for your loss. Many, many prayers !

Berrilyn Meurer

April 30, 2021

Josie, my heart is full of love for you, Indi and Mina.

I will miss our times with Gary, the jokes, laughter and love he brought.

Just know our hearts and love will be here for you.

We will laugh about the good times and cry to heal the heart.

Love to your family,

Berrilyn

Josie Davidson

April 29, 2021

Dear Gary, love of my life, my husband of 51 years.
During all these years I couldn’t have asked for a better man. My life with you was calm, exciting, and at times, full of wonder. You always provided everything we needed and wanted. You were good to us, honest, hardworking, and a wonderful provider. We had a beautiful son, Gary Marshall, whom we lost on December 26, 2020. Our son left our granddaughter, 13, Mina Josephine Davidson and Indira Patel Davidson, who is our Daughter in Law. They were both his pride and joy. The death of our son broke all our hearts.
Gary worked and retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as SPO Manager. His last station was in Richmond, Virginia. He retired on December 31st, 1999 at 11:59pm. He was not going to be available at midnight if the computers crashed.
Gary was born in Galena, Missouri. His parents were Thomas Marshall and Avis Lawrence Davidson. Grandparents were Bert and Bessie Lawrence. All of Galena, Missouri and all are deceased.
Gary graduated from Galena High School and attended college at SMS in Springfield, Missouri. Prior to entering the Air Force. After Basic Training, he went to Keesler AFB, then was stationed in Korea and finally at Eglin AFB in Florida where he met my brother and became his best friend. My brother called and told me he had the guy I was going to “marry”. Needless to say, I visited my borther in June of 1969 and met Gary. We became engaged in September 1969 and got married on January 3rd, 1970. For this I thank my big brother.
Our life took us to Georgia, where our son was born. We moved to South Jersey, then to North Jersey. Then to Richmond, VA, where we both retired. He promised to bring me back home to San Antonio, and that he did. He kept every promise he made to me. So now we are “home”. Thank you Gary, for being that special man in my life, my friend, and my only love forever.
I will miss you and our son every day of my life. All of my love to both of you .
Wife and mom,
Josie

Josie Davidson

April 29, 2021

Gary 's Motto :
This is the beginning of a new day.
I have been given this day to use it as I will,
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is important because I'm exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes, this will be gone forever, leaving in its place whatever I have traded for it.
I pledge to myself that it shall be a gain not loss: good, not evil; success, not failure.
So that I shall not regret the price I paid for this day.

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