Robert Jerald 'Bob' Davidson, of Sioux Falls, died in the early morning of Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, just shy of his 85th birthday. No services are planned at this time as it was Bob's wishes to have his body donated to science.
Bob desired no memorial, but condolences may be sent to the family: Rude’s Funeral Home, 105 W. Eighth St. S., Brookings, 57006.
He was born Sept. 8, 1932, in Benton, Illinois, to Lula and Augustus (Gus) Davidson.
He grew up on a small farmstead with one brother and five sisters near the little town of Christopher, Illinois, within sight of the coal mine where his father and brother worked. He joined the U.S. Marines, and was wounded in combat during the Korean War.
Bob graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1958 with an engineering degree and began a fulfilling career in mechanical engineering. Seriously afflicted with wanderlust, Bob worked for the power industry all across America and around the globe. For example, he was the field supervising engineer constructing a natural gas plant in the Peruvian jungles, and one of the first power lines to cross the Andes Mountains in Peru. He supervised construction of the world's largest desalination plant in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia, where he was adopted by an orphaned camel he named Humpy.
He spent his retirement years in the Sioux Falls area to be near his sons, and even authored a book called Gus and his Mules. He loved to read and travel.
Best restaurant in the world? "Nile Hilton in Cairo, Egypt."
Best city in the world? "Lima, Peru."
Best racetrack in the world? "Belmont Park, NY."
Most boring place in the world? "Toss-up between Honolulu and Pakistan."
Is there any place you didn't get to see? "South Africa."
Bob was ready to go having had, in his words, "a very good ride."
He is survived by three sons, Casey, Bill, and Robert Jr. , two grandsons and a granddaughter.
Online condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome. com.