Bertrand Davis (Bert)
December 3, 1923 –
March 12, 2022
Bertrand A. “Bert” Davis of Fort Wayne, Indiana, died in his sleep in the early morning hours of Monday, March 14, 2022. He was 98 years old.
Bert graduated from high school in 1940 and completed two years of college before enlisting in the army in 1943. He served for three years and was honorably discharged in 1946. He then earned his Bachelor of Arts at Earlham College, graduating in 1947. He entered Indiana University Law School in 1950, receiving his JD in 1953.
Bert married Joan Faye Precht in 1953. He was employed as a field sales representative by the Medical Protective Company of Fort Wayne, a medical malpractice insurance company. He gradually moved up within the company and was eventually promoted to the position of Chief Librarian and Researcher for the company’s in-house law library. He distinguished himself in this position until his retirement in 1988.
Bert became a member of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Wayne in 1959. He served actively and faithfully as an elder in office and a member of the Adult Education Committee. He was a staunch supporter of the church’s Christian educational ministry. He frequently taught adult classes, and his teaching was highly regarded by church members.
Bert’s life was filled with family, friends, church, music, books and journals, and gardening. He was known for his summer vegetable garden and generously shared the fruits of his labor with his friends and family. He was a voracious reader of history and current affairs. Bert enjoyed playing and listening to classical music, especially piano sonatas and concertos. He later performed with the Towne House Retirement Community Carillon Ensemble. He enjoyed getting together with his family and friends and was always a courteous and friendly host. He loved his daughters and considered his sons-in-law as his own.
Bert was the quintessential gentleman and scholar; intelligent, cultured, dignified, quick-witted and graceful. He enjoyed the respect of his friends, family, and fellow workers and church members. He was a generous and loving husband, father and friend.
Bert was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Joan. He is survived by his daughters, Linda (John) O’Connor and Amy Bartell; grandchildren, Kelly (Kate) and Stacy Bartell (Zac) and Patrick and Michael O’Connor; and her great-granddaughters, Georgia Bartell and Penelope Hotaling-O’Connor.
A service celebrating Bert’s life will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church, 300 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, with visitation beginning at 5:30 p.m. Bert’s wish was to be cremated, as was Joan’s. Their ashes will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Bert’s memory be made to two non-profit organizations that he generously supported; the Southern Poverty Law Center (splcenter.org) or the Riley Children’s Foundation (rileykids.org). Hockemeyer & Miller Funeral Home, Fort Wayne is making arrangements. Condolences can be left online at www.hockemeyermillerfh.com.
Published on March 21, 2022