Jack B. Davenport 1930-2013

WARREN – Jack Birge Davenport, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Greeley, Colo.

He was born May 25, 1930, in Minneapolis, the son of the late Wesley and Lillian Hazel Lind Davenport.

He was a graduate of Edison High School in Minneapolis and in 1952 graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota with a B.A. He then married Mary Marton (whom he had met at college) June 20, 1952, at Christ Episcopal Church in Warren. He went on to graduate from MIT in Massachusetts in 1954 with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, following up with a master’s degree in 1956.

After college, Jack was employed at Toro Manufacturing in Minneapolis. In 1962, he moved to Ohio and was employed by Wean Engineering, where he remained for more than 40 years.

Among other achievements, he was involved in developing an extensive computerized labor system and later a company-wide CAD system. He became the technical services director for the company. He was also a “casual instructor” of engineering courses at Kent State University, Trumbull Campus, for more than 20 years. He was also a member of the Professional Engineers Society of Ohio.

Jack was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, having served several terms on the vestry of the church. He served for decades on the financial and stewardship committees and was the church treasurer for 39 years. He was also co-founder and ongoing board member of the Christ Church Foundation.

Jack was a Boy Scout in Minneapolis in his younger years and then continued on in leadership of the organization. He served on numerous committees for Pack and Troop 11 in Warren and as a merit badge counselor. He served at the district level including district commissioner. He attended Philmont Scout Camp in New Mexico three times for leadership training. He received the Wood Badge for advanced training and the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished leadership.

Jack enjoyed traveling, camping and canoeing. He always looked forward to the monthly luncheons with his fellow Wean retirees, spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and visiting family in Colorado.

After taking flying lessons at age 16, Jack and his twin sister, Joyce, along with their father, each took their first solo flight. It was unusual enough that it was pictured in the Minneapolis newspaper. Although he didn’t pursue flying, he did spend the rest of his life traveling around the country with his family and around the world for business.

He is survived by three sons, George (Laura) Davenport of Lakewood, Colo., William Davenport of Warren and Eric Davenport of Loveland, Colo.; a daughter, Katharine “Kay” (Kim) Davenport-Wass of Evans, Colo; granddaughters Kelly (Allen) Phillips of Chattanooga, Tenn., Heather (Jesse) Atton of Denver, Nikkie (Daniel) Hutchings of Lakewood, Colo., Melanie Davenport of Burton, and Jordan Davenport of Lakewood, Colo.; a grandson, Robert “BJ” (Linda) Davenport of Warren; great-grandchildren Mason Robinson, Taylor Brindisi, Savannah Phillips, Page Davenport, Ethan Davenport, Braden Davenport, Madison Hutchings and Jaxon Hutchings; daughters-in-law Linda Holbrook of Warren and Kim Palinkas of Gainesville, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Marton of Warren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 59 years, Mary Marton Davenport; and a son, Robert Davenport.

Memorial services will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in the main sanctuary at 3 p.m. March 27. Friends may call at the church one hour prior to the memorial service.

The family requests that material contributions be made to the Christ Episcopal Church Foundation in his memory.

Arrangements were handled by Carl W. Hall Funeral Home.

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