Obituary for Mr. Clair H. Davenport

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Mr. Clair H. Davenport

October 15, 1928 - March 10, 2018

Clair H. Davenport, age 89, passed away Saturday afternoon, March 10, 2018 at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. He was a life-long resident of Trafalgar.

Clair was born October 15, 1928, on the family farm in Morgantown to his parents, the late Raymond and Eva (Hamilton) Davenport. He was a 1946 graduate of Trafalgar High School and went on to attend Indiana University to study Business. Clair served as a Sergeant First Class with the United States Army during the Korean War.

He retired in 1993 from Cummins Inc. in Columbus as a Fuel Systems Technician after 23 years of service. During his tenure at Cummins, he was credited with a Patent for Fuel Injection Systems.       Clair also owned and operated his family’s dairy and grain farm in Morgantown for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Cummins Office Committee Union, Johnson County Antique Machinery Association and Farm Bureau. Clair was a former member of the Hensley Township Advisory Board.

He enjoyed collecting antique tractors, snowmobiling and riding on his golf cart. Clair was a fan of the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts and college basketball. He loved caring for his wife and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean (Wyrick) Davenport, whom he married on January 20, 1951 in Trafalgar. Clair is also survived by his children, Steve (Carol) Davenport and Gerald (Anna) Davenport, both of Morgantown; grandchildren, Sylvia Davenport of Columbus, Adam Davenport and Abby Davenport, both of Morgantown.

The Rev. Burt Brock will conduct a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at East Hill Cemetery in Morgantown with Military rites presented by the Martinsville American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guards.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Clair to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 East 91st Street Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Information: (812) 597-4670





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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Service Information

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm

East Hill Cemetery


, Morgantown, ,

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Born: October 15, 1928
Died: March 10, 2018

Condolences for Mr. Clair H. Davenport

Jerry Clinkscales posted on 3/14/18

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.


Gene Whitmore posted on 3/13/18

Deepest sympathy at this time of your father's passing. May God's blessings of comfort be with your entire family. Gene Whitmore


Cheryl Hendricks-Hillock posted on 3/13/18

So sorry for your loss, prayers for Betty, son's and family and friends. Many memories I have.


Norm C Blizard posted on 3/13/18

I am sorry to hear of Clair's passing. When I was a young starting engineer in Cummins' fuel systems group, he was very kind and gracious to me. He taught me the ropes required of engineers working with technicians who were more competent and highly skilled in their craft. I fondly remember the many and warm interactions with Clair and his technician colleagues at Cummins. I also remember him talking about his dairy farm and how it was an important part of his life and how he worked a full day at the farm before and after working at Cummins. He represents the best generation of Hoosiers and Americans with his service in Korea.