Milton Davidson, 83, died on Monday, July 19,
2004 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D.
services were held on Thursday, July 22, at
Nazareth Lutheran Church in Holt, with Pastor Nancy
Hanson officiating. Casket bearers included
Christopher Anderson, Corey Davidson, Kevin
Davidson, Tad Davidson, Dustin Holmstrom and Paul
Haukebo. Interment was held at the Holt Cemetery.
Perry Davidson was born on October 26, 1920 in Holt
Township at his grandparents' house, the son of
Hilmer and Anna (Sorter) Davidson. He was baptized
into the Lutheran Faith, attended Ringbo School in
Holt Township, and grew up in East Valley Township.
was united in marriage on August 31, 1946 to Marion
Johnson. The couple farmed in the early years of
their marriage and in 1950 they purchased the
Johnson family farm where they continued to reside.
In 1958-59, Milton worked for Herb Reese
Construction, operating a dragline, during the
construction of Highway 59 from Newfolden to Thief
River Falls. Milton continued to work in road
construction until 1962, when he bought his own
well drilling machine and started his own business.
He continued drilling wells until his son, Jeff,
took over the business in 1990.
years Milton and Marion traveled to all 50 states.
It took them only 14 years to accomplish this, from
1968-1982. In 1993, they visited Norway and Sweden
and in 2001 they traveled to Hungary and Poland.
was always interested in airplanes and flying. In
1950 he purchased his Aeronca Chief Airplane and
got his pilot's license in 1951. Milton introduced
the Davidson Family to flying and was the first of
many Davidson pilots to get his license.
addition to flying, Milton enjoyed snowmobiling,
four-wheeling, fishing at Red Lake, music, reading,
traveling, history and politics, and spending time
working at Grandma's farm. Milton's greatest love
was spending time with his family and friends
survived by his wife, Marion of Holt; four
children, Ronnie (Sharon) Davidson of Holt, Shelvie
(Bruce) Anderson of Duluth, Sharon (Steve)
Holmstrom of Newfolden and Jeff (Debbie) Davidson
of Newfolden; twelve grandchildren; six great
grandchildren; one brother, Robert (Dolly) Davidson
of Thief River Falls; two sisters, Donna (John)
Seorum of Bloomington and Annette (Duane) Haukebo
of Roseville; and several nieces and nephews.
preceded in death by his parents; two brothers,
Roald Davidson and Dr. Dale Davidson; one nephew,
Dean Davidson; two brothers-in-law: Merle Johnson
and Denny Inman.