Eugene "Gene" Davis

February 16, 1939 - January 13, 2020
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Eugene ‘Gene’ Davis, age 80 of Lima, answered his last alarm at 8:15 a.m., Monday, January 13, 2020 at Lima Memorial Hospital. He was born February 16, 1939 in Lima, Ohio to the late Cecil O. and Lenore G. Miller Davis. On July 21, 1961 he married the love of his life, Ann Paull, who survives.

Gene is also survived by a daughter – Debra (Mark) Pierce of Lima; a son – Jeffrey (Joyce) Davis of Lima; a sister – Celia Hay of Arvada, Colorado; 7 grandchildren – Brandon Smith, Danielle’ (Larry) Clabaugh, Justin (Jay) Logan, Aaron (Chelsi) Smith, Brent Smith, Sam Davis, and Sydney Davis and 8 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by in-laws – Mabel and William Paull, a sister – June (Pat) Donahue, and a granddaughter – Rachel Ann Davis.

Gene attended Perry School until the 9th grade and finished his schooling at Shawnee High School where he graduated in 1957. He served his country in the U. S. Army as a Specialist and then continued in the active reserves beginning in 1957 through 1963.

Gene retired from the Ohio Power Company after 44 years of service. He then devoted his life to firefighting, beginning at the age of 13 when he would ride his bicycle to fire scenes. He and several fellow firefighters, together, established ambulance service in Perry Township. He formally started the Perry Fire Department Arson Investigation bureau and was the first Arson Investigator on the department. Gene was also a member of the Allen County Arson Team. He served as Assistant Chief for several years and was elected Chief from 1983 until 1986. Gene retired from the Perry Township Fire Department in 2005 and then assisted Westminster Fire Department after his retirement, until his passing. He taught numerous firefighting classes, arson classes, and propane classes across the region for over 25 years. He was a Special Deputy with the Allen County EMA in 2005 and remained active.

He loved to spend his spare time working in his wood shop creating several projects that he gave to friends and family as well as displaying them at the Allen County Fair. He was an avid Dale Earnhardt fan and enjoyed NASCAR.

A celebration of Gene’s life will begin 12:00 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2020 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. His son, Jeffrey will officiate the service. A funeral procession will follow past the Perry and Westminster Fire Departments.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 4:00 and 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Westminster Fire Department or Perry Fire Department.

The family has requested plaid or Flannel shirts and jeans be worn at the funeral.

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Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Service Information

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806


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Born: February 16, 1939
Died: January 13, 2020

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Chief Rick miller posted on 1/16/20

To Ann and Family, We express our deepest condolences in this time of sorrow. Gene was a great friend to myself and the members of our Department. Many of our members received Gene's guidance and training and are better Firefighters for it. He was especially important to myself whenever I was investigating a Fire, Gene was my guidance and mentor if I had questions. Our area was blessed to have such a person that cared so much about whatever he was involved in and the people he was working with. Farewell my friend, "Adios" Chief Rick Miller and the Members of the Cridersville Vol. Fire Co. Inc.


Dave Webb posted on 1/15/20

To: Ann and the rest of the family Our heartfelt sorrow for the loss of Gene. He was my friend and a respected colleague. Gene constantly gave of his time, energy and expertise to the community he served so well and they will certainly miss him. I will also miss my friend with his wry humor, sage wisdom, and sound judgement. I was fortunate to have spoken with Gene a couple of times in the last month and he had told me that he had been having some serious health issues but the news of his passing was an unanticipated shock. Ann, I'm sorry that Jenny and I cannot be there to speak with you in person but we are in Florida for the season (something Gene was constantly kidding me about). We will be making donations to both the Perry and Westminster Fire Departments in Gene's memory as I believe he would have wished. With deepest feelings, Dave & Jenny Webb


Penny Gray (Wade) posted on 1/15/20

So sorry for your loss! My Dad (Ed) and 2 brothers Dave & Dan Wade worked with your Dad on the Perry Fire Dept. My Dad was chaplin.


Ed Bowman posted on 1/15/20

I am sorry to hear of Gene's passing. My condolences to Ann and family. He will be missed.