Jack Jay Davenport, 82, Cuzco

Jack Jay Davenport, 82, of Cuzco, died Wednesday, September 18, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Garden Valley, California, August 4, 1937, to Dudley Grover and Bessie Alma (Gordon) Davenport. He married Verna M. Umensetter April 1, 1982. She died July 22, 2018.

Jack was a U.S. Army and Navy veteran, serving abroad during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a pilot in the Navy and a survivalist trainer for soldiers, teaching them how to survive behind enemy lines. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Second Good Conduct Award. During his time in the military he earbed a black belt in judo and became a bare knuckle fighter. He also played semi-pro football in the Northwest League. He loved animals, the outdoors, shooting, riding motorcycles, four wheelers, and dirt bikes, singing church hymns, playing the guitar, travelling with his wife, and spending time with family and friends. He had great interest in playing and coaching sports, especially being a fight trainer.

He is survived by his children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; one sister; nieces and nephews;  great nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Bo.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by eight siblings, including a set of twins who died in infancy.

Friends may call from noon-2 p.m. Sunday, September 29, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to the wishes of the family. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 29, at the funeral home with burial following in Cuzco Cemetery. Father Ron Kreilein will officiate. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

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