Richard J. Davenport passed away on March 23, 2022, after a lengthy illness. Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Cleao and Walton Davenport; his siblings, Donald Davenport, Margaret Dameron, Norma Hobbie, Donna Christie, and Melvin Davenport, and wife Essie Jean Davenport.
Richard is survived by his wife of 33 years, Norma Gallagher Davenport, and his three children: Denise Wood (Ken), Walt Davenport (Amanda), and Colleen Davenport (Nancy); his grandchildren, Chris (Lindsay), Emily, Steven (Tiffany), and Sarah; great grandchildren, Nate, Nic, Mary, and Rylann; Norma’s children, Stuart Sepaugh (Jeanette), Stephanie Sepaugh; and grandson, Peyton; Essie’s daughter, Debbie Digilormo, and grandchildren Jason (Maria) and Kate (Sonny); great grandchildren, Ethan and Chloe; sister-in-law, Celia Gallagher; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Richard was born in Mankato, KS, on January 10, 1931. As a young boy, he and his siblings developed an incredible work ethic as they helped sustain and provide for their family. Richard competed in high school sports and then attended Washburn State University on a football scholarship. He was drafted into the US Army, went through Officer Candidate School, and attained the rank of Captain. He served as an Infantry Unit Commander at Fort Polk, LA. After completing his military service, he returned to finish college at the University of Kansas, with his wife, JoAnn Moore, where he earned a degree in petroleum engineering. He worked as an engineer in the oil and gas industry throughout the southern states and concluded his career as the President of Lyons Petroleum in Shreveport. Richard served his community in various leadership roles in the following organizations: The Samaritan Counseling Center, Eastridge Country Club, NW LA Christian Ashram, Louisiana Methodist Cursillo, as well as Sunday school classes at Noel, Grace, and Broadmoor Methodist Churches.
DD (as he was loving called by his family) is fondly remembered for his relentless work ethic (the “Davenport” way), his love of sports, particularly golf, his remarkable gardening abilities, and his talent and determination to fix/repair/refinish just about anything. DD loved The Lord and his family. He leaves this world a better place than he found it and is rejoicing with those loved ones who have gone before him.
The family would like to thank the staff of Lifepath Hospice for their compassionate care and support during his illness.
To know DD, was to love and respect him. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that memorials be made to the charity of your choice.
A visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, with a memorial service following at 11:00 a.m. Officiating the service will be Rev. Scott Adams.
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