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ORLEN HARRY DAVIDSON, age 98, of Janesville died on Friday, June 10, 2022 at Whispering Creek in Janesville.
Born on October 17, 1923 near Elko in Scott County, Minnesota, he was the son of Adolph and Inga (Bergstrom) Davidson. Dave, as he was known since high school, served in the Navy until WWII ended. He married Lorraine Sammon on May 29, 1947 and began his business career in Faribault as manager of Wilson Co. of Chicago. When the plant closed, they moved to Owatonna where Dave began working for HyLine Poultry Farms, part of the large Pioneer Corn Corp. of Des Moines, IA. He quickly rose to management while he and Lorraine remodeled a farm, raised five children, and built an egg production business of their own. In 1966, Dave left HyLine and doubled production in his own business. He and Lorraine sold the business in 1976 and moved to Arizona for seven years before retiring in Janesville.
Dave had excellent organizational and problem-solving skills that he taught his children, contributing to their successes. Lorraine always said he could fix anything!
He is survived by his daughters, Joyce (Mark) Powell of Elysian, Gwen Davidson (Douglas Lubotsky) of Portland, OR, and Joan Davidson of Hollywood, FL and son, Gary (Debra) Davidson of Silver City, NM. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Courtney (Terry) Strean, Alec Powell, Landis Davidson, Larisa (Jonathan) Wilson, Kai Davidson, Tai Davidson, and Indigo Davidson; and five great grandchildren, Allie and Arya Strean, Rohan, Khaimus, and Tiden Wilson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one son, Vincent John; one sister, Lillian Gladys Aronson; and one brother, Arthur Maynard Davidson.
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