Johnny “John” Davenport, age 86, of Centerville, Iowa, passed away Monday, July 1, 2019, at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.
He was born the son of Hollis “Joe” and Mildred (Waite) Davenport on March 6, 1933, in Centerville, Iowa. He received his education in Seymour. On June 14, 1953, he married Annabelle Hendon in Centerville, Iowa. To this union, four children were born.
John was an Airman First Class in the United States Air Force. He was stationed at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California and Whiteman Air Force Base near Sedalia, MO. John learned to drive trucks in the Air Force, winning awards for his driving ability. He was Jimmy Stewart’s driver in the 1955 film, Strategic Air Command. He was also assigned to drive celebrities around the base. John served in both Guam and Africa. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force he became a police officer with the Centerville Police Department. He was a semi-truck driver for many years until his retirement in 1996. He was a licensed pilot, member of the SAC Aero Club, member of the Fast Draw Club & he had a black belt in karate.
John is survived by three daughters, Denise (Rex) Campbell, Patricia Conger, and Lisa (Mike) Myers; one son Roger (Kathy) Davenport, all of Centerville; six grandchildren, Frank Conger, Rachel Conger, John Davenport, David Davenport, Jared Myers, and Mikaela Myers, all of Centerville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, infant granddaughter, Heather Myers, and son-in-law, Douglas Conger.
According to request, cremation has been accorded with no scheduled services at this time. Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville has been entrusted with caring for the Davenport family. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.
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