Life Story / Obituary
It is with a heavy heart to announce that Leland Edward Davis was called home Sunday May 24th, 2020. after a valiant battle with COVID-19. Leland (Lee) was born in Eureka Missouri January 5, 1956 son of the late Joseph E. Davis and Edna S. Davis (Nee: Schloemper) .
Lee is survived by his children; Kurt (Nicky) Cole-Davis, Mary (Stewart) Hamlin and William (Karen) Davis; his brothers, John (Carley) Davis and Kevin (Linda) Davis and grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He is also survived also by his very best friend of over 40 years, Steve (Mindi) Yawitz and his Sweetheart, Sandy Grieger. As well as many, many friends.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 28 years, Annette (Cole) Davis, and Mother-in-law, Klara E. (Lawrence) Cole. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents Charles Schloemper and Emma Schloemper who was a very special Grandma to him that taught him many things, including his positive attitude in life, giving of himself, love of the simple life and accepting people for who they were always finding the good in people and situations.
Lee had always wanted to study Law, until one summer when he worked at the Fire Department in Eureka, MO at the age of 16 as a Summer Student Intern offered by his High School. This is where he fell in love with everything about the Fire Department and knew that he was he was meant to be a Firefighter/EMT the rest of his life.
In 1973 he began is career in Fire Service at the Eureka Fire Protection District located in Eureka, Mo as a Volunteer Firefighter. In 1974 Lee became a Missouri State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and was also hired as a paid Firefighter due to a Manpower Program in which St. Louis County provided the funding that allowed him to stay until 1976.
In 1977, Lee was hired by the Manchester Fire Protection District as a Firefighter and was assigned to Fire House #2 located at 13790 Manchester Rd.
In 1981 Lee received an Associate Degree in Fire Protection from Forest Park Community College located in St. Louis, Mo
When the fire district began to expand Lee tested along with others and was promoted to the rank of Engineer in 1983. As an Engineer Lee was responsible for the general maintenance and driving the fire trucks. This responsibility included the operation of the fire truck during fires and rescues
Lee tested along with others and was promoted to Fire Captain in 1988. In 1996 the Manchester Fire Protection District changed their name to West County EMS and Fire Protection District. Lee resigned September 2, 2002.
Later in 2002 Lee began working for the Menomonee Falls Fire District located in Menomonee Falls, WI. where his title was Lieutenant Training Officer. Lee worked along with several staff officers including the Deputy Chief teaching Fire related subjects.
In 2004 Lee retired from the fire department.
He later then worked for a time in Real Estate as a sales agent in Menomonee Falls, WI. He then found that he needed to return to his calling of working in the Emergency Technician Service (ETS) as he took great pride in the training and education of being an EMT and Firefighter.
So, in 2007 he and his wife, Annette moved to Racine, WI where she was raised, and her wonderful family resided. He also at that time started working for Ascension All Saints Hospital in Racine working in Transport and later in the Emergency Department. In addition to this position he began working for Erickson’s Ambulance in a part time position, but took on many extra hours,
Lee studied and achieved paralegal status while living in Racine, WI. He did graduate gaining his degree, but sadly there were no positions open in WI for him to obtain.
His wife passed Sept 29, 2017, and he continued his career with Erickson Ambulance after gaining full time employment and gaining the Position of Garage Supervisor. He then left his position at the Hospital. Throughout this time, he had gained the title of Advanced Emergency Technician (AEMT)
On March 17, 2018, he met his new love, Sandy Grieger of Trenton, WI, east of West Bend, WI. They had planned that he would retire in January of 2021, sell his home in Racine, move to Trenton, where he was very much loved by Sandy and her Furkids and then live happily ever after, but , he was needed to be part of the Greater Plan and called home.
Lee is very much missed already and will never be forgotten by family, Steve and Mindi, Sandy, friends, neighbors, co-workers. This world has lost a truly wonderful man that spent his whole life helping people, he was one of the many Hero’s working on the front line when he contracted COVID-19, and after a 28 day gallant battle on a ventilator with this very wicked virus was not able to conquer it in the end.
For all of the Hero’s, many personal friends of his that worked endlessly, taking care of him and all the others that came to support him looking thru his window in the COVID ICU third floor room C307 Ascension All Saints Hospital of Racine, thank you many times over. We know that you did more than your best for him, he was just meant to answer another call.
A Memorial Service will be held on a later date. In leu of flowers, donations can be made to Ascension All Saints Hospital – Spring of Racine, WI, a Dog rescue, or Humane Society of your choice.