Jack Jay Davenport, 82, Cuzco

Jack Jay Davenport, 82, of Cuzco, passed away at 12:07 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, in Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Jack was born on August 4, 1937, in Garden Valley, California, to Dudley Grover and Bessie Alma (Gordon) Davenport.  He married Verna M. Umensetter on April 1, 1982; she preceded him in death on July 22, 2018.

Jack was a United States Army and Navy Veteran, serving abroad during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.  He was a pilot in the Navy and also was 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, Jack earned a black belt in Judo and became a bare knuckle fighter.  Jack also played semi-pro football for 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, Verna, and spending time with family and friends.  Jack also had great interest in playing and coaching sports, and especially enjoyed being a fight trainer.

Surviving are his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, one sister, nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Bo.

Preceding him in death besides his wife are eight siblings, two of whom were a set of twins who died in infancy.

A Memorial Service for Jack Jay Davenport will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel, with burial to follow in Cuzco Cemetery in Cuzco, Indiana.  Fr. Ron Kreilein will officiate.  The V.F.W. Post #673 will conduct military gravesite rights.

A Memorial Visitation will be held from noon until the 2 p.m. service time on Sunday, September 29, 2019, at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to the wishes of the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.


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