HOLDREGE -- Juddson Odell Davenport, 91, died Friday (Jan. 14, 2005) at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege.
He was born March 6, 1913, to Isaac and Ella (Dempsey) Davenport in Hubbell. In March of 1920, the family moved to Orleans. He attended rural school and high school in Orleans, graduating from high school in 1931.
He served during World War II in the Army Air Corps from April 25, 1941 to Nov. 15, 1945.
On Aug. 31, 1952, he married Nettie Jane Payne of Stamford. In 1967, the family moved to Cambridge where he retired following ten years of service in the light department for the City of Cambridge. After his retirement he worked as a maintenance man for Charles Druse in Cambridge. In 1983, the couple returned to Orleans. While in Orleans, he was a member of the Harold Morin American Legion Post No. 184. In July of 2000, the couple moved to Holdrege, where his wife preceded him in death on Sept. 8, 2001.
He was a member of the Evangelical Free Church in Stamford.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; five sisters, Ethel Swanson, Hazel Lowe, Faye Gaston, Maude Alles and Alice Carter; two brothers, Cecil and Elmer Davenport; and son-in-law, Marving Skrdlandt.
Survivors include three daughters, Cynthia Johnson and her husband, James of Akeley, Minn., Jane Colling of Lincoln, Joy Davenport of Hastings; two sons, John Davenport and his wife, Dora of Atwood and James Davenport of Hastings; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Merle Davenport of Franklin; and sister-in-law, Elvera Payne of Stamford.
Services were today, 11 a.m., at the Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Holdrege with the Rev. Murray Jones officiating. Interment was in Orleans Cemetery.
A memorial has been established in his memory to the Harold Morin American Post No. 184 in Orleans.
The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.