Winfred Winans “Tuffy” Davenport

April 25, 1933 ‒ September 26, 2016

Delaware, Ohio


Winfred Winans “Tuffy” Davenport, 83, of Delaware, OH passed away on the day of his 63rd wedding anniversary.

He was born April 25, 1933 in Delaware County to the late Jonathon Winans Davenport and Gwuennie Bush. He graduated from Berlin High School in 1951 and proudly served his country during the Korean War as a member of the United States Army and continued to serve an additional 13 years in the active reserves. On September 26, 1953, Tuffy married the love of his life Mary Jo Smith, and they celebrated 63 years of marriage together.

Tuffy was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #3297 of Delaware and was also a member of the American Legion Post #457 of Sunbury and the UAW #927. He enjoyed coaching little league baseball through the Colt League in Sunbury for 19 years. He also enjoyed horse racing, family trips to Las Vegas, going to yard sales to search for antiques to refinish, tearing down old barns and remodeling an old house relocated from the Alum Creek Dam area.

Always very active, Tuffy played basketball in an older men’s league after coaching. Also in his later years with Mary by his side, he loved spending time with his four grandchildren and attending their ball games and track meets.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Mary Jo; sons, Max (Marne) Davenport of Radnor and Michael Davenport of New Jersey; four grandchildren, Dakota Rae Davenport, Molly Anne Davenport, Madeline Elizabeth Davenport, Micah Winans Davenport; sister-in-law, Alma Kathryn Shoaf of Florida; daughter-in-law, Robin Davenport of New Jersey; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Tuffy was preceded in death by two sons Mickey Gene and Mitchel Edward Davenport, seven brothers, five sisters and two infant siblings.

A memorial gathering will be held on Friday September 30, 2016 from 4 – 7 pm at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware. Burial will be held at a later date in Cheshire Cemetery with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association.

Contributions in Tuffy’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve this veteran and his family.

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  • Very sorry to read of the passing of your dear loved one Tuffy. Life is such a precious gift and yet so short-lived for the time we exist.
    We are comforted by the hope of the resurrection.
    God holds out this wonderful hope for all those in the grave. At John 11;25Jesus said ” I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. HE THAT EXERCISES FAITH IN ME, EVEN THOUGH HE DIES, WILL COME TO LIFE ”
    What a blessed reason to hope in God!
    The gift of your memories of Tuffy will bring you great joy and become a treasure.

    Trust in ” the God of all comfort ” PSALMS 83-18


  • Aunt Mary Jo and Family, our hearts go out to all of you.
    We thank God for giving us a loving, fun uncle ( friend!).Whom we always looked up to, wh0 taught us so many ” lessons of life “.
    Thanks Uncle Tuffy for all the wonderful memories. You will always be in our hearts. You made a difference in our lives and our family. Thank You!
    Uncle Tuffy you have a ” Special Place” in Heaven.
    ” Davenport” a “Special Name” “Davenport” a “Special “Family”.
    All of our love always
    Jerry and Larry
    and family

  • Aunt Mary Jo and family, with all my love
    Some of my ” best times” were with Uncle Tuffy. Uncle Tuffy was a “self made”
    man, successful, always working hard for his family. He was kind, always wanting to help others. I loved him like a father, a brother and ” a dear friend”. Uncle Tuffy
    made a mark on my heart that will never fade away!
    “We shall see you again on that beautiful shore in the sweet bye and bye’.
    All my love, always
    Larry Turner

  • Sorry to learn of Tuffy’s passing, Mary Jo and Family–just found the obit after we got home from a trip to Canada. Growing older has it’s rewards but also its sad times, and one by one friends are passing. I know he’s happy and well again in the afterlife, and maybe you will get a sign from him saying so. I only met him twice, when we at Otterbein’s Student Personnel office got-together and once we met at the Ponderosa in Delaware when we happened to be eating supper there. The restaurant is gone now, too, unfortunately. Best wishes to you all and remember to celebrate Tuffy’s life. Hugs to you, Mary Jo, from Nancy (Havens) Eberhardt

  • I recently read of your loss and wanted to express my deepest sympathy. May you find comfort at Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

  • Im so sorry to find out about Tuffy”s passing and regret I didn’t find out until today.My prayers go out to Mary,Mike and Max and Marne for their loss.Tuffy was like a second father to me growing up.Always there to give a helping hand or some sound advice or even a funny joke.I will always remember playing cards and going to Reds games with
    the Davenports.Thanks for all the memories Tuffy.

    Jeff and Dee Nees