Michael “Mike” Lynn Davidson, 65, of Newton died at home on Friday, February 16, 2018. A celebration of Mike’s life will be held from 2-4 p.m., Thursday, February 22, at the Jasper County Church of Christ (formerly the Union Hall). Memorials to Mike’s family may be left at the celebration. The Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the arrangements.
Mike, the son of James Leroy and Nellie Mae (Hawk) Davidson, was born on January 11, 1953 in Centerville. As a young boy, his family moved to Newton where he graduated from Newton High School in 1971. Mike worked at the Newton Foundry as a Metal Pourer from 1973 until 1982. On May 18, 1985, Mike was united in marriage with Carol Jean Garr in Newton. He then worked in maintenance at Accura Healthcare of Newton East for over 18 years and at Accura Healthcare of Newton West for over 7 years. While there he also served as the UAW Local 997 Shop Chair, retiring in 2015 and becoming a UAW Local 997 Retiree. Mike loved football and was a fan of the Chicago Bears for 30 years. He also enjoyed collecting Civil War Memorabilia.
Mike is survived by his wife, Carol Davidson of Newton; daughter, Monica; sister-in-law, Joyce (Nick) Heck of Newton; brother-in-law, Steven Garr of Bussey; three nieces, Jamie (Darron) Besco of Oskaloosa, Tammy Garr of Keokuk, and Tracy (Kevan) Lindley of Maple Grove, Minnesota and their families; and his nephew, Troy (Renee) Heck of Lemoore, California and his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nancy (Allen) Gravitt; niece, Angel Gravitt; two great nieces, Jennifer Hadaway and Jessica Lindley; and his sister-in-law, Mary Garr.