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Timothy Gerald Davenport,
Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home in Atchison
Atchison, KS

Timothy Gerald Davenport, “Timmy Good Boy”, 84, of Atchison, Kansas, passed away on September 14, 2023, at University of Kansas Medical Center surrounded by loved ones.

He was married to Eleanor Kay (Black) Davenport on July 19, 1962. Eleanor passed on March 9, 1991. Tim entered marriage with Theresa Dooley on November 12, 1994.

Tim was born on September 4, 1939, in Atchison, Kansas, the son of Herbert and Ruth Davenport. Tim attended Atchison Catholic Elementary Schools and graduated from Maur Hill in 1957. He enlisted with the Army and was a paratrooper and a Green Beret. He also attended St. Benedict- College for several years. Tim became a journeyman lineman and completed his apprenticeship in July 1968. He worked for Kansas Power and Light where he later retired after 37 1/2 years. He met many good and beloved lifelong friends while working as a lineman.

Tim was a member of the Knights of Columbus where he became a Fourth Degree Knight. He was also a member of the Elks Club and St. Benedict Parish in Atchison. He was a member of the men- singing group, the Rivermen, for many years.

Tim was a man of many talents and had multiple hobbies including cooking, reading, taxidermy, winemaking, canning, creating his own sausages and gardening. One of his favorite things to do upon retiring was spending as much time as he could helping his lifelong friend LeRoy Lister pick tomatoes. Those tomato picking days with the crew were extra special. He enjoyed caring for others and often visiting with friends and taking them produce and his cooking creations. As the years passed, he lost many friends; he never forgot them and prayed for them daily.

He loved all sports and was quite an athlete from an early age. Many years were spent playing baseball in Atchison and traveling for tournaments. He was an avid hunter and commercial fisherman. Tim enjoyed being outdoors spending most of his time fishing on the Mighty Mo. In the spring, he always looked forward to mushroom hunting with family and friends.

One of Tim- many passions was his singing and guitar playing with family and friends, lending his soft sweet tenor voice to perform with his band family, the 306th Road Band. He started singing at church when he was a young boy and continued throughout his lifetime, numerous weddings and funerals for special friends and family.

Tim loved traveling with family and friends. He enjoyed fishing trips, the Daytona 500 and river trips. He loved going out of the country, boating the canals of Amsterdam with good friends, touring Ireland where he kissed the Blarney Stone (he did have the gift of gab!). He visited many Caribbean islands, Hawaii, Mexico and had plenty of adventures to the beaches and oceans. When he passed, he was anticipating his next beautiful beach vacation.

Tim was a wonderful husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, brother-in-law and friend to many. He had many nicknames and one of the favorite ones was Padaddy - he was so proud and happy to spend time with his grandchildren. Tim was the founding father of the Goodboy Club! When accused of any shenanigans his reply was always ‘No, Timmy GOOD BOY’! He will be dearly missed by all.

Tim also belonged to a wonderful group of people who had regular breakfast clubs and shared many fun moments in the past years.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa Dooley Davenport; children, Timmy Davenport and Tina (Paul) Abney; stepchildren, Dustin Kiefer and Kelly Kiefer (Shane) Gigstad; grandchildren, Ellie Davenport (Blake) Ballinger, Jackson Davenport, Chase Gigstad, Clarissa and Adriana Kiefer, Kiefer Ewy, Silas and Oliver Gigstad; numerous nieces and nephews and his in-laws, Pam Davenport, Donna Davenport, Nancy Browning, Helen McElfresh, Richard (Sharon) Black, Terry (Dan) Black, Mike (Judy) Black, Connie Kiefer, Pat (Art) Brant, Sharon (Kenny) Fitkin, Dan (Mary) Dooley, Mike (Michelle) Dooley, Maureen (Jim) Asher, Tom (Laura) Dooley .

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Kay Davenport; his sisters, Bonnie and Barbara; brothers, Michael (Mick) and Mark Anthony (Tony) and in-laws, Martin (Carol) Black.

Tim- life will be celebrated on Monday, September 18, 2023, at St. Benedict Church, with a rosary at 10 am followed by visitation until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to MH-MA or St. Benedict Catholic School, left in care of the Arensberg-Pruett Funeral Home with whom cremation care has been entrusted.