Walter Chambers Davenport died peacefully May 16 at the home of his family. He was 90.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at Sierra Presbyterian Church in Nevada City.

Mr. Davenport was born March 6, 1918, in Indianapolis to Charles and Pearl (Schuler) Davenport. The family of six moved from Indiana to La Verne by train when Mr. Davenport was 2 years old. In the late 1930’s he attended Chaffey College and Westmont College. He enlisted in the U.S. Army prior to the outbreak of World War II. After serving for three years in the Army Air Corp in the China-Burma-India Theater, Mr. Davenport was honorably discharged as a technical sergeant. After the war he had a long career as the business controller for a New York based plastics corporation in the early development years of industrial and household plastic products.

Mr. Davenport married Elva Marie Lathrop in 1944 at the First Baptist Church. They raised their family in the Pomona Valley area surrounded by citrus groves. In 1979, they moved to Grass Valley to be near their sons in Northern California. They enjoyed celebrating their 63rd anniversary in June 2007.

Mr. Davenport loved music and sang often as both a soloist and choir member for more than 50 years, and most recently at Sierra Presbyterian Church. He was a devoted, loving and inspirational man, and will be greatly missed.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Davenport is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Thomas and Cathy Davenport of Redwood Valley and Kenneth and Donna Davenport of Nevada City, and grandchildren Bart of the East Bay, Amy-Laurel of Santa Cruz, Grayson of Chico and Benjamin of Chico.

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