Wednesday, 24 August 2022 15:04

H. John Davis Jr. (Obituary)

WWII Veteran - Sergeant - U.S. Army Air Corps
Local Businessman - Community Leader
Family Man
Born June 16th, 1919 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - to H. John Davis, Sr., and Izetta, Jack was the oldest of four brothers. Raised in the Carnegie Section of Pittsburgh - Jack had a fascination with mechanics and airplanes - graduating in 1941 from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics earning the coveted Airframe and Powerplant License.

Early 1942 Jack enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was assigned as Master Mechanic to the 50th Troop Carrier Squadron. After state-side training - the 50th carried the 86th Airborne in the opening battle of the Allied North Africa Campaign. From there the 50th moved on to the Invasion of Sicily and the Invasion of Italy. From 1944 - 1945 - the 50th Troop Carrier participated in Operation Overlord - D-Day - then on to provide air support for the Battle of the Bulge and more. After V-E Day - 50th TCS supported U.S. Air Forces in Europe - mopping up after the war and transporting Allied Prisoners back from Germany. Jack declined to re-enlist and was Honorably Discharged in Sept of 1945. Jack returned to the States and married his sweetheart Olive M - November 3, 1945. Jack and his three brothers launched Davis Brothers Flying Service in Daleville, Pa. In 1948 - Jack became the FBO of the Mt. Pocono Municipal Airport - and after losing his airplanes in a hurricane - he launched into the heating oil business in 1950. The company grew into the Davis Oil and Propane Business until it was sold in 2002. Since 1946 - H. John has tirelessly served his community through various boards and associations - including Board of Pocono Hospital, Board of Trustees of Mt. Pocono UMC, Pocono Mt Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Petroleum Assn, Pennsylvania Propane Gas Assn, and the Craft Advisory Council of the Monroe Career and Technical Institute. He is also well known as one of the founders of American Legion Post #903, member of Masonic Lodge #780, and Past President and 72 Year Member of Mt. Pocono Rotary. Jack had continuously devoted his time and energy to his wife Olive of 74 years, until her passing in 2021.
Jack is survived by his three children, John Davis (wife Ann), Janet Mertz (husband Bob), and Margaret Johnson (husband Grant). Also - 8 Grandchildren - Diana, Lauren, JohnWm, Trevor, Justin, Benjamin, Stephanie, Nathanael, and 5 great grandchildren -
Visitation Sunday August 28 - Mount Pocono United Methodist Church -
Visitation 2-3 pm - Service Following with Fellowship
Arrangements through Bolock Funeral Home -

Published by Bolock Funeral Home & Crematory - Cresco on Aug. 23, 2022.


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