Rodney Lufkin Davenport Sr

13 Jun 1914 - 29 Aug 2010

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13 Jun 1914 - 29 Aug 2010
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Grave site information of Rodney Lufkin Davenport Sr (13 Jun 1914 - 29 Aug 2010) at American Fork Cemetery in American Fork, Utah, Utah, United States from BillionGraves

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Rodney Lufkin Davenport Sr

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Married: 1 Apr 1943
Died:

American Fork Cemetery

601-699 Alpine Hwy
American Fork, Utah, Utah
United States

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FAMILES ARE FOREVER

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MARRIED APRIL 1, 1943
SEALED OCT 20, 1952
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Rex Hicks

June 8, 2012
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B Hold

May 17, 2012

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Excerpt from "Davenport Ancestry in America" by Dorothy D. Hall, p 128-130.

Contributor: Rex Hicks Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Vivian lived most of his early life in the community of his birth but is presently (1962) living in Boise, Idaho. He has always been active in L.D.S. Church affairs and has worked steadily since he became secretary of the Heman Ward Sunday School at the age of fifteen. He was Sunday School superintendent for many years and had held positions of responsibility in the Y.M.M.I.A. and in his priesthood quorums and has also served in a ward bishopric and as a stake high councilman. For seventeen years, he was a member of the Davenport Brothers Quartet and sang many, many times in Eastern Idaho communities. People all over Idaho have enjoyed and loved his rich bass voice and sweet spirit of sincerity, as he has sung as a soloist at countless funerals, weddings and church and community activities. Farming was his occupation for many years in Heman, Hagerman, Cary and Gooding. Later he went into the floor covering and formica business in Provo, Utah, and now in Boise, Idaho. Vivian was elected president of the Davenport Family Organization in 1960 with Rodney and Leland Davenport as vice-presidents. They were re-elected at the reunion in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in August, 1962, along with Marva D. Rydalch as secretary-treasurer, Jean D. May as historian, and Dorothy D. Hall as genealogist.

Excerpt from "Davenport Ancestry in America" by Dorothy D. Hall, p 269.

Contributor: Rex Hicks Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Rodney graduated from the Columbia Union High School in White Salmon, Washington. He lost an eye in a childhood accident, but was inducted into the U. S. Army, for limited service 26 Aug. 1942. He was stationed at Fort Lawton and at the Port of Embarkation in Seattle, Wash., and honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant 11 Feb. 1946. He received a Good Conduct Medal as well as American Theater of Operation and Victory Medals. After the death of his first wife, following an operation, he became acquainted with and married LaRee Gray Dickerson of Lehi, Utah, whose husband had been killed in an industrial accident. She had two lovely little daughters to add to Rodney's family. He is a good musician and has played in several dance bands. He and LaRee are active members of the L.D.S. Church and make their home in Lehi, Utah. Rodney is employed at the physical plant of the B.Y.U. in Provo, Utah (1962).

Life story of LaRee Gray Dickerson Davenport.

Contributor: Rex Hicks Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Condensed life sketch of LaRee Gray Dickerson Davenport. LaRee Gray was born March 27, 1929 to Hyrum Richard Gray and Charlotte Calloway Austin in Lehi, Utah. She was the 7th of 10 children (2 of which died in infancy). She grew up on the family farm. During her childhood years she was called a “tom-boy”. She loved her family and had many happy memories with her brothers and sisters. She was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May 2, 1937. She was baptized by Floyd J. Erickson and confirmed by her father Hyrum R. Gray. LaRee attended schools at the Lehi Primary, Lehi Elementary, and the Lehi High School. She graduated from Lehi High School May 22, 1947. LaRee first met Don Dickerson when her friend Beth Bushman lined them up. LaRee and Don loved being together and had a lot in common. They fell in love and were married on January 31, 1948 in Provo, Utah. Don was the love of LaRee’s life. They were very happy together. They welcomed a daughter, Kathleen into their family on September 17, 1948. She was born in Coos Bay, Oregon. They were both thrilled to have a daughter. On May 11, 1949 their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple and their daughter Kathleen was sealed to them. Don died July 13, 1949 in an industrial accident while working for Utah Power & Light. LaRee was heartbroken. She and Kathleen moved in with her parents. Donna was born 8 months later on March 17, 1950. She was named after her dad. LaRee was happy to have another girl because she thought it would be easier to raise two little girls being a single mom. LaRee was a very devoted mother. Her girls were her life. After both of her girls were in school, LaRee went to work for Utah Power & Light Company in American Fork, Utah. She worked there until she married Rodney Lufkin Davenport, Sr. on June 2, 1958 in the Salt Lake Temple, for time only. Rod had five children, Rodney Lufkin, Jr; Dennis Larry; James Lee; Diane Kay; and Randolph Ellis. The first year in Oregon was difficult for LaRee. She was still adjusting to 7 children instead of 2 which was not any easy task. There were a lot of adjustments for everyone. That year both of her parents died. After her father’s death the family decided to move to Lehi and as part of LaRee’s inheritance she received her Father’s home. LaRee was a good example to her children. She was a hard worker. She loved her family and went without, that her children would have the things they needed. She loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and taught her family to keep the commandments. She accepted callings to service in the church. She served in all of the organizations, Primary, Sunday School, Young Women and Relief Society. When Rodney Jr. left for a mission, she went to work to help support him on his mission. She worked for Alpine School district in the School Lunch Program. She worked until 1975 but because of health problems had to quit. LaRee had helped support Larry and Jimmy on their missions and helped with the weddings of all of her children. She loved spending time with her family. As a family they went on many vacations: Camping, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, the Redwoods and the California Coast. LaRee bottled fruits and vegetables from their garden and would work at it into the early morning hours. LaRee had many hobbies. Fishing, quilting, making baby blankets, afghans, receiving blankets, porcelain dolls, crocheting and knitting. LaRee was always busy doing something. She had many health problems and surgeries, throughout her life. At one time she was very sick and had 3 surgeries in 6 weeks with the last surgery lasting 10 hours. The doctors did not expect her to live through it. With faith and determination a miracle took place and blessed her with 26 more years of life. Through her illnesses she developed a great love for her Savior and a testimony of the atonement. She was a living miracle and had great faith. She had a testimony of the power of prayer and the power of the priesthood. She always felt better and could rest after she had a Priesthood blessing. She demonstrated throughout her life her testimony. She was a great example for her children and grandchildren. LaRee loved children. When she was younger she would tend her brothers and sisters children. She was the favorite aunt. When her grandchildren were babies she loved to rock and comfort them all. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren truly were her jewels. Even at the end of her life when she was sick, a visit from the grandchildren or great grandchildren would bring her happiness. Her face would light up and she was glad to see them. LaRee died on August 14, 2000 at her home surrounded by her husband, Rod; her daughters Kathleen and Donna; and son Rodney Jr. She always wanted to have her affairs in order, so it seems fitting that she passed away only after all of her children were able to see her, she’d been given a bath, clean sheets were put on the bed and her daughters had cleaned her house. LaRee was loved by many and missed greatly. She left her family a great legacy. Taken from the biographical sketch from her funeral by her granddaughter Melanie Koltermann Hansen and condensed by her daughter Kathleen Dickerson Koltermann.

Life timeline of Rodney Lufkin Davenport Sr

1914
Rodney Lufkin Davenport Sr was born on 13 Jun 1914
Rodney Lufkin Davenport Sr was 15 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
Rodney Lufkin Davenport Sr was 25 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Rodney Lufkin Davenport Sr was 31 years old when World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Rodney Lufkin Davenport Sr was 41 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
Rodney Lufkin Davenport Sr was 49 years old when John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas; hours later, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One as the 36th President of the United States. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union. As a member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate prior to becoming president.
Rodney Lufkin Davenport Sr was 59 years old when Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The majority of Americans believe the war was unjustified. The war would last roughly 19 years and would also form the Laotian Civil War as well as the Cambodian Civil War, which also saw all three countries become communist states in 1975.
Rodney Lufkin Davenport Sr was 67 years old when The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place: The STS-1 mission. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS), taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development. The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. In addition to the prototype whose completion was cancelled, five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, interplanetary probes, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST); conducted science experiments in orbit; and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station. The Shuttle fleet's total mission time was 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.
Rodney Lufkin Davenport Sr was 80 years old when The Rwandan genocide begins when the aircraft carrying Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira is shot down. The Rwandan genocide, also known as the genocide against the Tutsi, was a genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government. An estimated 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rwandans were killed during the 100-day period from 7 April to mid-July 1994, constituting as many as 70% of the Tutsi population. Additionally, 30% of the Pygmy Batwa were killed. The genocide and widespread slaughter of Rwandans ended when the Tutsi-backed and heavily armed Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) led by Paul Kagame took control of the country. An estimated 2,000,000 Rwandans, mostly Hutus, were displaced and became refugees.
Rodney Lufkin Davenport Sr was 89 years old when Invasion of Iraq: In the early hours of the morning, the United States and three other countries (the UK, Australia and Poland) begin military operations in Iraq. The 2003 invasion of Iraq was the first stage of the Iraq War. The invasion phase began on 20 March 2003 and lasted just over one month, including 21 days of major combat operations, in which a combined force of troops from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Poland invaded Iraq. This early stage of the war formally ended on 1 May 2003 when U.S. President George W. Bush declared the "end of major combat operations", after which the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) was established as the first of several successive transitional governments leading up to the first Iraqi parliamentary election in January 2005. U.S. military forces later remained in Iraq until the withdrawal in 2011.
Rodney Lufkin Davenport Sr died on 29 Aug 2010 at the age of 96
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