Richard Duggan (Rick) Davis, 65, of Harrisonburg, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, after an 18-month battle with cancer.
He was a son of William and Ellen Duggan Davis, born in Trenton, N.J., and raised in Denver, Colo.
He is survived by his wife, Diane Cline Davis, and two sons, Michael Davis and wife, Mary, and Joel Davis and his wife, Keri. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Cana and Peyton Davis, and Kate, Olivia and Mac Davis, all of Harrisonburg.
He also leaves his father-in-law, Ralph Cline; a brother-in-law, Paul Cline, his wife, Sherry, and nephew, Jackson D. Cline and niece, Julie Cline. He is also survived by a brother, William Davis of Arizona.
Rick served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He started his own construction business, Davis Construction, which later became Heartland Construction, designing and building many area homes for over 40 years.
In retirement, Rick began a dedicated life of mission work, beginning with a mission trip to Africa. He worked to help rebuild after Katrina, traveling monthly for over three years.
He made a special connection with Blue Ridge Community College SIFE Team traveling almost monthly to Haiti for over a year. He designed and built a school for severely handicapped children, the first to withstand the storms of Haiti. The BRCC SIFE/Davis School for the Disabled was dedicated in his honor.
As a member of Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene, he helped expand the church Food Bank.
Habitat for Humanity was important to Rick. He helped build several Habitat houses in the area. Special projects for many individuals will go uncounted.
Those wishing to may contribute to: BRCC Educational Foundation (ENACTUS, formerly SIFE), P.O. Box 80, Weyers Cave, VA 24486, or Habitat for Humanity, 205 Dry River Road, Bridgewater, VA 22812, or The Hahn Cancer Center, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisonburg with Pastor Jim Harrison and the Rev. Dr. E. Thomas Murphy officiating. Interment will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Condolences to the family are welcome at www.kygers.com.