Charles Kocher, Pilot staff writer

Archie Beryl Davidson passed away July 1, 2012, with his loving daughter by his side.

He was born Jan. 1, 1928, in Salem, to Archie Benjamin Davidson and Gertrude (Versteeg) Davidson. He had two older stepbrothers andndash; Harold and Clifford Davidson, and two younger brothers andndash; Arden and Leonard Davidson, and a sister, Alice (Davidson) Thomas. Leonard and Alice preceded him in death.

Beryl, as he was known by his family, attended school in Wheatland and Gopher Valley. The family moved to Sheridan in 1936 where he graduated from high school in 1945.

Following his graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marine, but World War II ended shortly after, and he was discharged. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950 and served in the Korean war. He served two years in the Army and was honorably discharged.

After the military he worked in the Sheridan area until about 1953 for the U.S. Postal Service.

In the early 1950s Beryl and his best friend Bobby Keene took a road trip to California. On the return trip they worked their way to Brookings. Beryl's sister and her husband lived in Brookings; he enjoyed the area so much he decided to stay.

In 1955 he met Thelma Morin of Brookings and in 1956 the two were married. They had two children: Mary and Mark Davidson. He was preceded in death by Thelma in 1996.

Beryl spent his life working for various lumber mills, Agnew, Brookings Plywood and South Coast Lumber Co. Beryl retired from South Coast Lumber and enjoyed his retirement in Brookings, traveling to see his grandchildren and trips to McMinnville, Reno, Nev., and California.

Beryl was an avid bowler, golfer, enjoyed hunting and fishing, spending time at the Elks Lodge, and telling a good story. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his brother Arden Davidson; daughter Mary Davidson; son Mark Davidson; grandchildren Stephanie Meckler, Christopher and Jacklyn Davidson. He also leaves behind his niece Sonja Olheiser, nephews Tom and Jan Thomas; and many great-nieces and nephews.

He was a proud member of the Elks Lodge 1934 which he joined in February 1968, and became a lifetime member in 1998. He was an active member of the Marine Corps League.

A service will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at the Elks Lodge, 800 Elk Drive.

His final resting place will be at the Oregon Founding Families Cemetery, Hopewell Cemetery, in Hopewell.

Submitted by the family.