George Keith Davenport, age 98 of Lake City passed away, Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the Belle Oakes Living Center.
Keith was born August 7, 1920 in Pioneer Township of Missaukee County, as one of seven children, to George and Ethel (Biddle) Davenport.
He attended school in Lake City and graduated in 1939. After graduation, he was part of the CCC. He enlisted and served in the US Navy for 3 ½ years. He married his high school sweetheart, the former Aileen Rosted, on January 30, 1945. They were married 64 years and raised three children: Marcia, Edwin and Jean.
Keith was an active, lifelong member of the Lake City American Legion Post 300, serving as Chaplain for over 30 years. He was proud of his participation in military funerals with the Legion since 1946. He was a lifetime member of the Elks of Cadillac and a member of the St. John Lutheran Church of Lake City.
Farming was his career and Keith took pride in the fact that the farm property became a Centennial Farm. He retired from driving school buses for the Lake City Area School.
Keith was chosen Citizen of the Year for Lake City in 2006 and enjoyed participating in fifty July 4th parades in Lake City and Memorial Day celebrations. He enjoyed sharing his sauna and Sunday evening popcorn on their farmhouse porch with everyone.
Keith is survived by his children, Marcia Rackov of Lake City and Ed (Christine) Davenport of Holt, and his sister Betty Beebe of Summerville, South Carolina. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and an abundance of friends.
Keith was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Aileen in 2009 and his youngest daughter, Jean in 2003. He was also preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, one sister and a son in law Lester Rackov
Funeral services for Keith will be on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. Jean Smith and Rev Carol Clapper officiating. Visitation will be on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Young-Holdship Funeral Home in Lake City and at the church on Sunday beginning at 1:00 pm until the time of services.
Burial will take place in the Lake City Cemetery with full Military Honors conducted by the Lake City American Legion Post 300.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Michigan or the St. John Lutheran Church