Winfred Winans “Tuffy” Davenport
April 25, 1933 ‒ September 26, 2016
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.
To share a fond memory of Tuffy or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com