Gerald (Red) Davenport, 86 - September 10, 2013Gerald “Red” D. Davenport, 86, of Cozad passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
Memorial services took place on Friday, Sept. 13, at the Cozad United Methodist Church with the Rev. Doug Smith officiating. Inurnment was conducted Sept. 14 at the Guide Rock Cemetery at Guide Rock Saturday.
Davenport was born Oct. 29, 1926, at Mankato, KS, to Earl M. and Christean A. (Kirkpatrick) Davenport. He attended school at Mankato and Superior before entering the United States Armed Forces as a Merchant Marine in 1945.
Following his honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to Nebraska where he eventually met and married Ila “Ike” M. Ohmstede on Aug. 22, 1948, at Guide Rock. To this union, three children were born. The couple resided at Guide Rock where they opened a furniture and appliance store.
In 1957, Davenport and his family moved to Cozad where he was employed as a salesman with Hansen and Waters. He later worked at the Cozad Local newspaper for a number of years before becoming associated with Metropolitan Life as an insurance agent. He opened the Davenport Insurance Agency in the 1960s, owning and operating the business for 20 years.
During retirement, Davenport and his wife enjoyed travelling together throughout the United States and visited every continent except Antarctica and Australia, and spent time with family and good friends. The couple had just celebrated 65 years of marriage in August.
He helped countless people with their financial and insurance needs during his time running the insurance agency, but his dedication didn’t end with the needs of individuals, according to family members. He was deeply civic minded, serving as past-president of the Cozad City Council, the Tri-City Shriners Club, Cozad Library Foundation and Cozad Country Club, where he played an integral part in starting the Haymaker Open and was the tournament chairman for the event for 20 years.
Davenport was active in his church, the Cozad United Methodist Church, as well as the Cozad Chamber of Commerce. He was a charter member of the Cozad Jaycees, a member of the Aging Advisory Committee for the State of Nebraska, held various offices with the AARP and was a member of the State of Nebraska Citizens Advisory Alcoholism Council. He also served as a scout leader, and was a member of the Cozad Elk’s Lodge No. 2250 and the Guide Rock Masonic Lodge No. 128 where he recently received his 50-year pin.
He was an avid reader and spent a great deal of time and effort in support of the Wilson Public Library. He was also a proud father and grandpa, and tried hard to stay up on the events of his loved ones, the family said.
Davenport was preceded in death by: his parents, Earl and Christean; a sister, Irene Norwood.
Survivors include: his wife of over 65 years, Ila “Ike” Davenport of Cozad; his children—Dan Davenport of Moscow, ID, Kathy (Al) Nelson of Crofton and Randy (Leah) Davenport of Carefree, AZ; nine grandchildren—Kimberly, Kristina, Nathan, Katie, Alex, Kevin, Dustin, Brock and Brooke; a sister, Mary Ann (Charles) Paulger of Fremont.
A memorial has been established.