WE ARE SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR DAD BUT YOU WILL ALWAYS CARRY THE SWEET MEMORIES IN YOUR HEART. CHERISH THOSE.
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Erman “Bud” Davidson, 85, of Valparaiso, went home to be with Jesus Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the Linda E. White Hospice House in Valparaiso. He was born July 10, 1933 to the late Maurice and Mable Davidson. He was a hard-working man; devoted to his family. He worked at Swift Meat Packaging and in 1963, started work at Whirlpool Appliance Manufacturing where he retired in 1995. He was known as “Bud” his entire life, the nickname given to him by his older sister when he was just a boy. Bud’s favorite place to be was on the Ohio River at a camp he bought in 1964. He loved spending time with family and friends, boating, skiing, and fishing. Bud liked to strum a guitar or play a harmonica by the campfire and often thought his music made the fish bite. He loved riding motorcycles and horses, playing cards, playing pool in the basement, and playing ping-pong at the river camp. There were a lot of horse shoe and washer tournaments in the front yard of the cabin as well. Bud always had at least one pet dog and sometimes, three at a time. The beagles were used for rabbit hunting and the German shepherds were his guard dogs. He was proud of his dog-training skills and often said the dogs minded better than his kids. Bud always enjoyed a good party and loved dancing with his beautiful wife, Nicki. Gardening was another one of his favorite hobbies. He enjoyed having a big garden and sharing vegetables with the family. Mostly, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren; holding the babies and teaching the other ones how to fish or how to swim. In 2008, Bud’s health caused him to need assistance and his oldest daughter, Debby and husband, John stepped up to take on this huge responsibility. Bud lived in their home for the remainder of his life, where he was loved and cared for by his family. When his body finally gave out, the Linda E. White Hospice House helped Bud to go peacefully up to Heaven. His legacy of love for family and hard work will continue to live in the hearts of those who knew him.
He is survived by his children, Debby (John) Busch, Pam (Kent) Finke, Marla (Tim) Riggs, and Jill (Larry) Guillen; thirteen grandchildren, Greg Kiesel, Mark Kiesel, Cheryl Orange, Kyle Busch, Nikolas Busch, Chris Newman, Nick Finke, Shaela Jameson, Raechel Price, Jacey Riggs Brown, Whitney Riggs, Brent Guillen, and Kendra Guillen; sixteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi “Nicki” (Logan) Davidson; parents, Maurice and Mable Davidson; and sisters, Iva McElroy and Dorothy Downing.
A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. August 1, 2018 at Graceland Cemetery in Valparaiso, Indiana. Entombment will follow at Graceland Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Linda E. White Hospice House.
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