Memorial services for Melvin Davenport, of Caldwell, who
died Tuesday, July 24, 1990, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday,
July 28, at the Caldwell Friends Church, Elm and Howard
streets, with the Rev. Steve Fine officiating. Burial will
follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Karcher Road, Caldwell.
Services are under the Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.
Melvin Vail Davenport was born April 7, 1916, at Roy,
N.M. Except for a short time in Florida, most of his
childhood years were spent in Missouri. He graduated from
Granby High School in Branby, Mo., in 1935. He attended
Springfield Teachers College in Springfield, Mo., and the
University of Missionary at Columbia. He graduated with a
degree in civil engineering in 1940. After graduation he went
ot work for the Milwaukee Railroad. One of his first
assignments took him to Miles City, Mont., where he met
Lucille Mills, and they were married Nov. 30, 1941.
Melvin and Lucille have four children; Linda Swenwold of
Tigard, Ore., Dave Davenport of Middleton, Idaho, Martha Beck
of Muncie, Ind., and Dan Davenport of Portland, Ore. They
have six grandchildren. Melvin is also survived by two
sisters and two brothers.; Jessie Atkinson of Salisbury, Mo.,
Lawrence Davenport of Sparta, Mo., Randy Davenport of
Campbellsville, Ky., and Louise Dill of Riverside, Calif.
During World War II Melvin served in the U.S. Navy as a
ship's navigator. After the war the family moved to Caldwell,
where Melvin worked for the Co-0- Oil Association,
manufacturing and selling building materials. He set up an
engineering and land surveying business that operated for many
years under the name of Davenport Engineers. He served as
Canyon County surveyor for more than 25 years. He was a
registered civil engineer in Idaho, Oregon and Washington and
a long-standing member of the National Society of Professional
He was a very active member of the Caldwell Friends
Church for more than 30 years. He loved music and singing.
Since his retirement 11 years ago he became actively involved
with the Gideons and Prison Fellowship. He spent many hours
ministering to people in jails and prisons, sharing the love
His family suggests memorials be made to the Gideons,
P.O. Box 1002, Caldwell, Idaho 83606; Prison Fellowship, P.O.
Box 1808, Boise, Idaho 83701; or the Caldwell Friends Church
Building Fund, 1814 Howard St., Caldwell, Idaho 83605.
Friends may call at the Dakan Funeral Chapel from 4 to 8