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Information for Melvin Vail Davenport
7 April, 1916 24 July, 1990
Obituary from the Idaho Press-Tribune
July, 1990
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo

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Melvin Davenport

      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 Engineers.
      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 of Christ.
      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 p.m. Friday.

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