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Roger Davenport

July 31, 1931 April 10, 2019
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Roger Franklin Davenport, 87 years of age, passed away at his home in Graff, Missouri on April 10th, 2019. He was born on July 31st, 1931, to Franklin Albert Davenport and Florence Davenport nee Youse in Middletown, Ohio.

Roger grew up in Indiana and when he was 13 years old, Roger learned to fly airplanes at the local airport; and soloed at that tender age. He graduated Hoagland High School in 1949 and joined the US Navy shortly after graduation. Roger served as a Machinist Mate First Class on the USS Abbot during the Korean War. He would often regale friends and family with tales of adventures he and his shipmates had during their time in the Navy.

After leaving the Navy, he returned to Indiana where he met the love of his life, Fannie Margaret Davenport nee Mullenax, and they married in September of 1955.

Roger excelled at anything mechanical including building airplanes and race cars. He was also very active in the Experimental Aircraft Association for a large part of his life. Even while spending so much time building and resurrecting planes and cars, he still found time to engage his natural penchant for story telling and colorfully expressing himself by writing tremendous amounts of letters to friends, family and yes, even politicians.

He was a man that loved life, and cherished the gift of life so well that it is an inspiration to all who knew and loved him.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Marilyn Saalfrank, and many close friends.

He is survived by his beautiful bride, Margaret Davenport, son, Joe (Chris) Davenport, daughter, Denise (Duane) Nettesheim, daughter, DeAnna (Darryl) Boehm, daughter,Dottie Davenport and her fiancé, Jason Greener, and daughter, Doreen (David) Hannes, as well as 14 grandchildren and (so far) 28 great-grandchildren.

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10:30 AM 4/18/2019 10:30:00 AM - 5:00 PM 4/18/2019 5:00:00 PM
Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home

315 N Main St
Mountain Grove, MO 65711

Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home
315 N Main St Mountain Grove 65711 MO
United States

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First Christian Church

522 N. Oakland Ave.
Mountain Grove, MO 65711

First Christian Church
522 N. Oakland Ave. Mountain Grove 65711 MO
United States

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Mission Aviation Fellowship

P.O. Box 47
Namp, ID 83653

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