Obituary of Edward Russell Davis, Jr.
Edward Russell Davis, Jr, 84, formerly of Worcester, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2021, at Woodbridge Place in Phoenixville. He was the beloved husband of the late June (Muir) Davis who passed away in 2009.
Born March 21, 1936, in Ridley Park, PA, he was one of 5 children born to the late E. Russel, Esq., and Pauline Josephine (Wagner) Davis. He was a graduate of Carnegie Technical Institute where he earned a degree in Civil Engineering. He served in the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant in the Army Corp. of Engineers.
Mr. Davis was humble and steadfast in his faith in the Lord, and a man of considerable generosity, which was evident through his joyful disposition and never-ending optimism. He was a long-time member of Central Schwenkfelder Church of Worcester, serving as a deacon, the church moderator for many years, and a dedicated Sunday school teacher. He was also active in his community, where he served on the Methacton District School Board, including a term as president, as well as coaching a variety of youth sports teams. Mr. Davis was an avid tennis player, and overall sports enthusiast, a Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan at heart. He never missed one of his children’s sporting events and spent many weekends attending Penn State University football games with his sisters. Mr. Davis loved his family and friends and enjoyed an active life of entertaining and vacationing. After the passing of his wife, and his own retirement, he enjoyed mowing grass and assisting his children with home projects in return for a good meal- “I work for food, you can call me anything but don’t call me late for lunch”. Mr. Davis returned to the Pittsburgh area for his final ten years of retirement where he enjoyed working on the Wylie family farm with his friend, Phyllis Wylie.
Mr. Davis worked in heavy-highway and site construction his entire life. His career began with helping his dad build the family home in Pittsburgh, then to Kimberton, PA, where he served as Vice President of Operations for Devault Contracting, Inc. till 1988, and then to owning his own site development company, Russco Contracting, Inc. in Skippack, PA. Mr. Davis was fond of heavy equipment, and an innovator in modern earthmoving; he was involved in projects throughout the Philadelphia area, including the Conowingo Dam, Interstate 76 and 476 projects, Philadelphia high-rise building construction, and many of the area pharmaceutical complexes. He served as President of the General Building Contractors Association of SE PA for several years.
He is survived by his children Kristyn Dantes of Oceanport New Jersey, and her children: Aubrey and Austin; Jennifer Davis Sbei and her husband, Douglass, and their children: Douglass, Benjamin, Rachel and Daniel of Phoenixville, and James Michael Davis and his wife Alissa, and their children James Jr, Charles and Kristen of Phoenixville; as well as Ed’s siblings, Ruth Bast, Jane Guest, and Ann Moellenbrock.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his son, Edward Russell Davis, III, and his brother, Joseph W. Davis. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial service at 11 AM on Friday, March 12, 2021, at Central Schwenkfelder Church, 2001 Valley Forge Rd. Lansdale, PA 19446. Friends may greet the family Thursday, March 11, 2021, from 6-8 PM at R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, 3440 Skippack Pike Skippack, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Rusty Davis Memorial Scholarship care of Central Schwenkfelder Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com