Harry Bronson Davenport

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Mr. Harry Bronson Davenport, 82, of Forty Fort, died Tuesday morning at the Golden Living Center-Summit Wilkes-Barre.

Harry Davenport will always be remembered for his blue eyes.

He was born in Plymouth on July 7, 1930, a son of the late Harold and Emily Todd Davenport. He was a 1948 graduate of Plymouth High School and continued his education at Oberlin College and Wilkes University, where he earned his degree in Economics.

Mr. Davenport had been employed as an engineer at the Walben Corp., Wilkes-Barre; Foster Wheeler Corp., Mountain Top; Royer Foundry and Machine., Kingston, and later started his own company, Davenport Manufacturing. During 17 years in business, Davenport Manufacturing relied on a reputation for quality workmanship, always delivered on time. In addition to his employment outside of his home, Harry operated several business ventures on his own. Partnering with area businesses, he sharpened milling tools with a grinding operation in the basement of his homes in Plymouth, Kingston and Forty Fort.

With his interest in service and construction, Harry was a working member of mission trips to both the Dominican Republic and Honduras, where he contributed labor and finances to the construction of a clinic, school and church. In the years he did not travel, it was common for the mission teams to arrive at a construction site with dozens of pairs of leather construction gloves that he and Ellen had donated.

Harry was a member of the Plymouth Kiwanis Club, where he was instrumental in the building of the "Memory Walk" surrounding the veteran's statue near the site of Huber Field.

He had a love of sports. Playing was better than watching, and this was evidenced by his homes throughout his years. He never lived in a house that did not include a basketball hoop in the yard. Although he played all types of sports, he never excelled at any. When asked for his greatest talent on the athletic field, his reply was "fouling."

Harry will long be remembered for the love he had for his wife of 43 years, the former Ellen Arthur of Plymouth. They enjoyed time in Forty Fort and at their home at Orange with his parents, relatives, many children and grandchildren. His competitive spirit, work ethic and his sense of humor will be remembered for years to come, and his blue eyes.

He was preceded in death by sisters Mary Kloeber and Betsy Addison, and a brother, George.

In addition to his wife, Ellen, he is survived by children, Harold, Harford, Pa.; Robert, Wilkes-Barre; Michael, Wilkes-Barre; Stephen, Towanda; Ella May, Hazleton; James, Dunmore; Sarah Rubel, Arlington, Mass.; and Andrew, Denver, Colo.; 16 grandchildren, one great-grandson; sisters Marion Czar, Orange, Pa.; Emily Foster, Omaha; several nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family from the William A. Reese Funeral Chapel.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Church of Christ Uniting, 776 W. Market St., Kingston, with the Rev. Carol Fleming officiating.

Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the William A. Reese Funeral Chapel, rear 56 Gaylord Ave., Plymouth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent the , 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre.
Published in Times Leader from Mar. 21 to Mar. 22, 2013
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