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Jerry (Jeep) Davidson

July 12, 2022

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Jerry (Jeep) Davidson, 91, passed away Tuesday, July 12 at his home in Green Bay, surrounded by his family. Jeep was born in Kewaunee, WI on October 11, 1930, to Martha and Frank Davidson and grew up in Green Bay. After his graduation from Green Bay West High School, he joined the Air Force and served for four years. Jeep then worked for a short time at a local auto dealership before joining the Green Bay Metro Fire Department in 1953. He spent 35 years with the fire department, retiring as Captain in 1988.

Jeep married the love of his life, Geri Saubert, on November 5, 1955. They enjoyed 66 years together, raising three daughters and delighting in their seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Jeep was a devoted family man who made his daughters feel special and loved. He often told his daughters “You’re a good girl” when they performed even mundane tasks, and always said “Love you more” at the end of a visit. When they confounded him and he didn’t know what else to say, he simply said “Oh, boy.” 

Jeep donated his time and talents to his church – Grace Lutheran of Green Bay. His favorite spot to sit with his family was in the back right pew.

Jeep loved peanut butter and honey sandwiches, root beer floats, and fish fries at the family cottage in Suamico. He caught, cleaned, and fried the fish for these special meals. He happily drove the boat round and round the bay so his daughters could waterski to their hearts’ content. Jeep also loved sitting on what he called the “poop deck” at the cottage…a dock where he sat after a long day when he was all pooped out.

At home, Jeep enjoyed a beer after a hard day at work. He liked watching squirrels and birds in his backyard. He loved dogs and once had a chat with a chicken who wandered into his yard. Jeep was obsessed with his lawn and lawn mower, often commenting “That’s a nice lawn” when he or Jean were done with the mowing. During winters, he made an ice-skating rink in the backyard for his daughters.

Jeep could fix anything and everything. He kept every nut, screw, nail, and washer he ever encountered, and enough random pieces of wood to build a house, because “you might need them someday.” Jeep was a frequent shopper at Menard’s, typically going several times a week. He always went there early in the morning and the store almost gave him a key so he could open the doors and get the day started. He loved a good deal and the Menard’s rebate program that allowed him to get free stuff.

Jeep was delighted when his daughters married. He loved having sons-in-law and teaching them all his handyman knowledge and skills and relished supervising their projects. Jeep also was incredibly talented with woodworking and using his scroll saw. He could make anything his granddaughters threw at him and taught them (and their brothers) how to do it, too. Jeep was always there for family to help in any way he could. He was enormously proud of his grandchildren and he and Geri were great cheerleaders at all their sporting and other events.

Jeep is survived by his bride: Geri; daughter: Judy Klein; daughter: Jill Davidson Pierce and son-in-law Brad Pierce, and daughter Jean Davidson Sachs and son-in-law Jeff Sachs; grandchildren: Max (Kelli Baker) Klein, Heidi (Nick) Lund, Tyler (Landra) Pierce, Taylor (Zach Brinkman) Pierce, Tiffani (Carson Affeldt) Pierce, Carleigh Sachs, and Emmaleigh (Noah Schmidt) Sachs; and great-grandchildren: Cora Jo Pierce and Lana Lund.

Jeep was preceded in death by his parents: Martha and Frank; his cousin: Warren (Pat) Neumann; his son-in-law: Mark Klein; and many sisters-in-law and brothers-in law.

Jeep’s family expresses gratitude to Gina and Kang at Unity, and Betty and Judy from Home Instead, whose support allowed Jeep to spend his final days at home with the people he loved.

Godspeed to your heavenly home, Jeep. Keep it between the white lines!

Services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 321 S. Madison St., Green Bay on Sunday, July 17, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will be held at the church from 2:00 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice in Jeep’s name.


Services

Visitation
Sunday
July 17, 2022

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Grace Lutheran Church
321 South Madison Street
Green Bay, WI 54301

Memorial Service
Sunday
July 17, 2022

3:00 PM
Grace Lutheran Church
321 South Madison Street
Green Bay, WI 54301

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