William R. 'Bob' Davis, 41, A Former Area Police Officer

Posted: July 18, 1994

William Robert "Bob" Davis, 41, of Lansdale, formerly a Philadelphia-area police officer, died Friday afternoon in Asheville, N.C. He had gone to Asheville to attend a motorcycle rally and died after a motorcycle accident there.

Mr. Davis began his career as a police officer in the Lansdale and Towamencin Police Departments. He then worked for several years as a detective in the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department. He worked the last three years as an analyst for the Department of Defense in Washington, where he lived during the week. He commuted home on weekends.

A native of Lansdale, he graduated from North Penn High School and attended Montgomery County Community College for two years. He received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and business in 1984 from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. He received a master's degree in criminal justice administration from West Chester University last year.

Mr. Davis' sister-in-law, Lisa Reichwein, said he was a motorcycle buff who got his first bike when he was 18. He also loved reading and history. He enjoyed roller-blading, scuba diving and running.

"He was an action kind of guy," she said. "If it was fun, he'd give it a try."

Mr. Davis was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police of Montgomery County No. 14; the American Polygraph Association; the American Society for Industrial Security; St. John's United Church of Christ, Lansdale; Shiloh Lodge No. 558 F. & A.M, Lansdale, and the Lehigh Consistory, Allentown.

Surviving are his wife, Laurie; his mother, Dorothy, and a sister, Barbara Davis Simpers.

A viewing will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Derstine and Cannon Avenues in Lansdale. Services will follow at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Whitemarsh Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Route 252, Valley Forge, Pa. 19481 or the Fraternal Order of Police Scholarship Fund, c/o Frank Wack, 235 Bannockburn Ave., Ambler, Pa.

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