(John) Steve Davison, age 71, of Dassel, returned to his heavenly home Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. His belief in Jesus Christ and love for his family supported him during his illness and gave him peace.
A funeral service will take place Friday, Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Church in Litchfield, with interment at the Swan Lake Cemetery in rural Dassel.
There was visitation Thursday evening, Oct. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, continuing one hour prior to the service at the church Friday morning.
Steve was born Dec. 2, 1946, the son of Pearl (Wuolo) and Wayne Davison, a homemaker and steel worker, He grew up in Waukegan, IL, and graduated from Waukegan High School in 1964.
Steve married Mary Juusola Dec. 16, 1967. The couple resided in Hubbell, MI while Steve finished his bachelor of science degree in business administration at Michigan Tech in 1968.
After his graduation, the couple moved to Southfield, MI, where Steve started his career at General Motors. He earned his master of business administration degree in finance from the University of Detroit in 1971. Steve worked in industrial management for the next decade.
In 1975, Steve and Mary moved to Minnesota. Steve joined Farm Bureau as an insurance agent in 1978. In time, he started his own agency, which he continued until retiring Oct. 1 of this year.
Steve particularly enjoyed being his own boss, getting to know his clients, and conversations with his morning coffee group.
At every opportunity, Steve traveled with his family. They spent many summer vacations camping at Black River Falls with Steve’s siblings, nieces, and nephews. On his favorite trip, Steve flew to Daytona Beach, FL in 2017, with his wife, kids, and grandkids, to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary.
Steve enjoyed boating, and went slalom waterskiing every summer until the age of 70. He enjoyed fall trips to the hunting shack, where he served as the camp cook and taught his grandsons how to shoot, as well as how to mount chipmunk tails upon request.
Steve relished chatting with anyone and everyone. He enthusiastically shared stories with friends and strangers alike. He was always interested in other people, and his zeal for life made him a lively conversation partner.
Everyone who knew Steve saw how passionately he loved his family. All who spoke with him were sure to hear stories about the latest adventures of his kids and grandkids. He loved to plan family gatherings, making certain that everyone was enjoying themselves. Steve delighted in his 99 nieces and nephews, and treasured the time he spent with them.
Steve is survived by his wife, Mary; children: Carmen (Steve) Ylitalo, Wade (Nina) Davison, Megan (Jim) Koski, Rhea Davison, and Cassie (Kyle) Davison Bair; and 13 grandchildren: Doran, Jed, Graham, Tessa and Lia Ylitalo, Cadence, Emma and Belle Davison, Miles, Marina, Simon and Spencer Koski, and Ira Davison Bair.
He is also survived by his siblings, Rea (Allan) Torola, sister-in-law Ruth Davison, Dave (Margaret) Davison, Kati (Richie) Pennala, Jeanne (Bob) Pelli, Becky Davison and Danny (Linda) Davison; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Steve was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Bill Davison.