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, Minn., the son of the late Wesley and Lillian Hazel Lind Davenport.

Jack graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota in 1952 with a B.A. He married Mary Marton June 20, 1952, at Christ Episcopal Church in Warren. He went on to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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. He was also a “casual instructor” of engineering courses at Kent State University, Trumbull Campus, for more than 20 years.

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 co-founder and ongoing board member of the Christ Church Foundation.

Jack was also very active in Boy Scouts, both as a youth and as an adult. He served on numerous committees for Pack and Troop 11 in Warren and 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.

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; his twin sister, Joyce Davenport Keller of Gibsonia, Pa.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; 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 3 p.m. Wednesday at Christ Episcopal Church in the main sanctuary. 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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