chief davidsonThomas N. Davidson
(December 9, 1948 – April 23, 2013)

Davidson, Thomas N. 64 of Tipp City passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013. He was born December 9, 1948 in Toledo, Ohio, the son of William A. and Leona (Roth-Jacobi) Davidson. A 1966 graduate of Toledo Central Catholic High School and was a veteran of the US Army, having served as a Military Policeman. Following his Honorable Discharge from the US Army, he began his career in law enforcement as a member of the Bowling Green, Ohio Police Division. During his twenty year career with the Bowling Green Police Division he rose to the rank of Lieutenant and achieved an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement from the University of Toledo (1974) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (1978) and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (1982) from Bowling Green State University.

He was a 1981 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. On December 20, 1990 he was appointed to the position of Chief of Police at the Tipp City, Ohio Police Department, where he served an additional 22 years prior to his death. Tom was a member of the Tipp City Rotary Club, Tipp City Masonic Lodge #174 F & AM. Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton, American Legion Post #586, VFW Post #4615, Tipp City Eagles Aerie #2201, the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Tom was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his brother, William Arthur Davidson Jr.

His loving wife, Janis Arnett, who met while working at the Bowling Green Police Department, and were married in 1979. They enjoyed their life together and were especially fond of all gardening and landscaping activities. Also surviving are nieces and nephews; Glenn and Andi Otto, William Arthur “Dobbie” Davidson III and his wife Jaime and Great Nephews; Miles Findlay Davidson, Corey, Kris and Alex Otto.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, April 27, 2013 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 753 S. Hyatt St., Tipp City, Fr. R. Marc Sherlock officiating. A meal will follow the service at Zion Lutheran Church, 14 W. Walnut St., Tipp City. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, April 26th at St. John’s Church. Burial will take place on Sunday at the Wingston Cemetery, Rudolph, Ohio. Arrangements have been entrusted to FRINGS AND BAYLIFF FUNERAL HOME, 327 W. Main St., Tipp City, Ohio 45371.