Dennis R. “Denny” Davison, 67, of Galesburg, died at 10:59 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 2019 in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
He was born March 19, 1951, in Aledo, the son of Robert Lee and Dorothy Davison. He married Pamela Smith on March 15, 1970, in Galesburg.
He is survived by two sons, Michael (Jennifer) Davison and Zachary Davison, both of Galesburg; two grandchildren, Karter Davison and Amelia Davison; a nephew, Nate (Laila) Davison of Barcelona, Spain; and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Robert Davison; and a granddaughter, Megan Davison.
Denny had a long career in law enforcement, working as Captain of the New Windsor Police Department, the Village of East Galesburg, and retiring from the Knox County Sheriff’s Department in June of 2012. He had also owned and operated Davison Construction for many years. Denny was a certified pilot, who was an FAA written test examiner, chief flight instructor at the Galesburg Municipal Airport, and taught the History of Aviation and Meteorology at Carl Sandburg College.
Music was a big part of his life. Denny had been the drummer for the Buster Browns at a time when they recorded several records and had been an opening act for more well-known acts. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson and was a member of the Blue Knights. Denny also enjoyed shooting guns and he was a devoted fan of football, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Denny served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday at the chapel. Rev. Jim Ecklund will officiate and military honors will be provided. Burial will follow in East Linwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.