Maj. (Ret. USAF) Richard (Dick) Davenport
6/24/32 - 5/14/17
Dick Davenport, 84, of Stratford died peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Funeral Services are scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Stratford Church of Christ. Interment will follow at Stratford Cemetery with Military Honors provided by Cannon Air Force Base. Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Morrison Funeral Directors of Stratford.
Dick was born in Monaca, Pennsylvania. Dick was a career Air Force trainer and fighter pilot, serving in both Korea and Vietnam with assignments that included bases in Japan and Alaska. He retired in 1976 and moved to Stratford where he was an active community member. He served on the Stratford City Council, was named the Citizen of the Year and Stratford High School Fan of the Year. He served 12 years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
He leaves behind his wife, Betty Jo Davenport; four children, Jeannie (Thom) Sikora of Stratford, Carol Jetton of Schertz, Texas, Mark (Joyce) Marshall of Stratford, and Rick (Dayna) Davenport of College Station, Texas, 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, and two sisters; Sydney Slagle of Enon Valley, Pennsylvania and Patti Staats of Columbiana, Ohio.
The family suggest with gratitude memorials be made to CASA, 112 SW 8th Ave #101, Amarillo, TX 79101 or to the American Cancer Society, 3915 Bell St, Amarillo, TX 79109.
Dearest Jo and family,
Steve and I are so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a gentleman in every sense of the word. We enjoyed his wonderful sense of humor, his gentleness, his honesty, and love of family and community. He was the best cheerleader bus driver, ever. He loved kids of all ages. He took care of us all. Love to you and your family. We are praying for comfort, grace, and peace. Dick will be missed.
Steve and Linda
Linda HaynesLubbock, TX