Reno Alan Davis

SALEM, Ohio – Reno Alan Davis, 74, of Columbiana, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 12, 2021 at Salem Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family.

Reno was born on March 28, 1947 in Salem, a son of James and Urlene (Neville) Davis. A 1965 David Anderson High School graduate, he began his steel career as an apprentice at L.W. Nash in East Palestine and continued his studies in Salem and earned his certificate as a machinist. He was a shop superintendent for 17 years at L.W. Nash. He was then employed as Vice-President of manufacturing at Ellwood City Iron and Wire Co. After 10 years, he bought the company and renamed it R.A. Davis Co., where he became owner and President. His company made the stadium light poles at Helling Stadium in Ellwood City, where he also donated the steel beams for the baseball dugout.

Reno worked on many highway projects on the east coast such as sign structures, light poles, and bridges including draw bridges in the New England states. They made flood control gates for the US Army Corps of Engineers and jet engine test stand for US Airways at the Pittsburgh airport. His steel structures included the arches at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Also included was the steel infrastructure of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh and steel ladles for steel mills. His company made a pedestrian bridge in Lisbon, Portugal. He worked for the past 18 years as the senior steel inspector at KTA-Tator, Inc. in Moon Township. He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute Steel Construction – Category three (AISC-3), and was a Certified Welders Inspector (CWI).

Reno was proud to be a member of the East Palestine Mason Lodge #417, where he was a 32nd degree Mason. He also took part in the Pittsburgh Syria Shriners. Reno was very patriotic in that throughout his career he only used American made products.

Reno’s exemplary work ethics were second to none. In his free time he enjoyed working on their rental properties, photography, filling his phone up with thousands of photos, doing yard work, raising swans and tooling around with old cars, including his 1978 Lincoln Continental.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Margherita of Columbiana, whom he married on July 18, 1998; his mother, Urlene Davis of Columbiana; daughters, Melony Drane and Leslie Ann (Brian) Bush, all of Ellwood City, Pa.; a son, Reno Anthony Davis of Tampa, Fla.; two grandchildren, Zachary Drane of Stuart, Fla. and Cassandra (Nigel) Gibson of New Brighton, Pa.; two great-grandchildren, Malcolm and Mallory Gibson; and a brother, Larry (Wendy) Davis of Salem.

Reno was preceded in death by his father, James Davis, and infant brother, David Kevin Davis.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home, 154 S. Elm Street, Columbiana with the Rev. Sean Brubaker officiating.

The family will receive friends on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home, Columbiana and again on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 at 10 a.m., an hour before the services, at the funeral home. A Masonic Service will be conducted at the end of calling hours on Monday.

Due to our current health crisis, COVID-19, we are asking everyone in attendance to please wear a mask or face covering and to maintain all social-distancing guidelines (6-foot apart and no lingering). Thank you very much.

The family has entrusted Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana, Ohio with the arrangements for their loved one.

Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.