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Bob Davidson

November 22, 1932 — February 17, 2022

Bob Davidson, 89, of Overton, Nebraska passed away on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family in Overton.

Bob was born in Rico, Colorado to Andrew and Nancy Davidson. He was the youngest of 6 children.  

In 1952, Bob joined the United States Marine Corp and served during the Korean War. He shared dozens of stories about his service and his beloved Marine Corp. If you wanted to see him light up, just ask him about being a Marine.  He was especially proud of receiving a peace medal during a special ceremony at the capitol building in Denver, Colorado in 2016.  

After being honorably discharged from the Marines, Bob married Gayle Rodgers on July 18, 1955, in Couer d'Alene Idaho.  They made their home in Holden, Washington where Bob worked as a miner for the Howe Sound Mining Company. There they had three children, two daughters Gwen and Dawn and a son, Bobby, who died at birth.  

Bob’s passion was fly fishing and he spent many hours traipsing up and down the Big Thompson River in Colorado – often with his daughters, and dog, in tow.  Every year he took his family to Mexico for scuba diving and boating.  Many summer weekends were spent on a boat, either fishing, skiing, or parasailing. 

After the mine closed, Bob moved his family to Denver Colorado where he took schooling to become a television technician. They lived in the Denver area but also Lafayette and Louisville CO where he owned his own repair shops.  They relocated to Brighton CO where they opened a restaurant of their own. Later, Bob and Gayle moved to Branson, MO where dad found a love for musical theatre and would go often. 

In 2017, Bob and Gayle moved to Nebraska to be closer to their oldest daughter Gwen. She chose a home in Overton for them, and the last few years they have been surrounded by a wonderful community and Bob looked forward to attending First Christian Church every Sunday.

Bob is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gayle, two daughters Gwen Kautz (Duane) of rural Overton NE and Dawn Davidson (John Price) of St. Louis MO; 4 granddaughters, Mandie (Tim) McBride of Keenseburg, CO, Tracie Gallegos (Jason Urquhart) Evergreen, CO, Mystie (Chris) Bartlett, Grand Island NE and Deryn Walls, Longmont, CO. He also has a step-granddaughter, Shaylee (Tanner) Miller of Holyoke, CO. He and Gayle have 10 great grandchildren.  Bob loved being surrounded by “his girls.”  

Bob was preceded in death by his brothers and one sister, Allen, Andy, Arrie, Arville, and Ann. 

It was Bob’s wish not to have any funeral services. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that a contribution be made in his name to the Alzheimer's Association or Overton’s First Christian Church. 

Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to be assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting:

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