Duane Leland Davenport entered this world on March 9th 1933 in Popejoy Iowa. He was the 3rd of 6 children Richard and Letha Davenport would eventually be blessed with.
From the very beginning Duane defied the odds, being born prematurely in the 30s was no small feat, but he did not let this stop him from living a long life full of adventures, hard work and most of all a life full of family he valued above all else. Duane stayed true to this form until his last breath. Growing up in the Great Depression Duane was no stranger to hard times and hard work. He was never one to shy away from something because it would be difficult. Growing up with 4 brothers and one sister, He never lacked stories of the wild and crazy stunts they all pulled.
Duane graduated from Iowa Falls High School where he excelled at wrestling holding many state championship titles. Duane also displayed extraordinary talent in Baseball having offers to be a professional Baseball player. Ultimately choosing to follow his heart enlisted in the United States Air Force. A choice he never regretted and was Extraordinarily proud of.
In 1955 He met the love of his life Bettie Wyatt. After a short courtship Duane and Bettie were married on October 14th 1955 in Montgomery Alabama. Shortly after Duane was promoted to USAF OSI. Their greatest advantage began on August 8th 1956, with the birth of their first and only daughter Terry Lynn. They were blessed with 2 sons Stephen Michael November 25th 1958 who passed on December 2nd 1958. Their 3rd and last child Scott Allen was born July 6th 1960.
Bettie and Duane travelled the world during his military career. Living in numerous places. His personal favorite being Greece.
Duane never met a stranger and was loved by all who met him. His wonderful sense of humor and loving spirit was something that came naturally to him.
He was a caring friend, excellent boss who never asked anyone to do anything he wasn’t willing to do himself. But above all Duane was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather.
July 12th 2021 the mothership came for Sabrina’s Grandpa. With his Wife and Daughter by his side.
Duane was preceded in death by his son Stephen Davenport; his parents Richard Lee Davenport and Letha Loraine Davenport, as well as his brothers Richard, Lyle Fay and Daryl.
Duane is survived by his wife of 66 years Bettie Irene (Wyatt) Davenport; daughter Terry Davenport; granddaughters: Erin Brock and her daughter Hailey Moore; Sabrina Redmond (Curtis) and her daughters Aaliyah Brock, Savannha & Vanessa Hernandez; Jennifer Melo (David) and her daughters Sophia Melo and Isabella Melo. He is also survived by son Scott Davenport; his children Scott Davenport II & Dawn Davenport; and Scott II children Madalynn Davenport & Richard Davenport, as well as Dawn’s daughter Karley Henson.
Services for Duane will be held Monday July 19th 2021 11:00 at Oregon Trail national cemetery. A reception will follow at a location to be determined. To leave a message for the family click "Share Memories."