Helen Jane Peterson was born May 21, 1923 in Milwaukee, WI, to Ernest F. and Helen (Lantz) Peterson. She grew up in Marinette, WI. After high school, she came to study at Iowa State College, where she met Stan. She graduated from ISC in 1950 with a degree in Home Economics Ed. Helen died in her sleep October 17, 2017 at Northcrest Community at the age of 94.
Stanley Vetter Davidson was born August 12, 1918 in Sherman Township, IA to Rexford J. and Cornelia (Vetter) Davidson. He grew up on farms in Montgomery County, Iowa. After graduation from Wales- Lincoln School, he went to Iowa State College, graduating in 1942 with a B.S. in Animal Science. He earned a M.S. in Vocational Education in 1952. Stan also died at Northcrest on December 14, 2017, surrounded by family, at the age of 99.
They met while both were studying at ISC. After Stan graduated, he took a County Extension Agent position in Southeast Iowa, and then enlisted in the Army Air Corps. They were married in Ames on the weekend of a snow storm, March 22, 1944, while Stan was on a weekend pass. He was soon co-pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress in the European theatre. He survived being shot down while flying over Germany, and was in a German P.O.W. camp before returning home in 1945. After a brief R&R, Stan took a position as County Extension Agent in Sibley, IA. In 1947 he was offered a position in the State Extension office, and they moved back to Ames, where they stayed for the rest of their lives.
They are survived by their three children, Jean (John) Brayton, of Ames, Dick (Darla DeHaan) Davidson of Pella, and Bill (Rose) Davidson of Placitas, New Mexico; grandchildren, Heidi (Jonathan) Shook, Matt Davidson, Grant Davidson, Dirk (Courtney) Davidson, Martha (Andrew) Christofferson, and Julene (Thomas) Mortensen; great grandson, Nate Shook.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Marian (Jean) Pittman. Stan is survived by his brother Robert Davidson and preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Frances, and four brothers, John Max, Carleton, John Eldon, and Richard.
Internment was at Arlington National Cemetery, VA.
Memorials may be made to the Northcrest Foundation, Collegiate United Methodist Church, the Iowa 4-H Foundation, or your favorite charity.
The family would like to thank the many caregivers for their loving care.