Published: Thursday, March 7th, 2013
Ricky La Vern Davenport was born Oct. 2, 1952, in Winner, S.D., to La Vern and Pearl (Kindt) Davenport.
Young in Rick’s life, Robert Kenobbie came to be the father of Pearl’s children. Rick’s childhood memories included Bob and Pearl’s family living in Oacoma, S.D., and Vermillion, S.D.
Rick grew up with Arlie, Faye, Darlys, Pam and Bob playing all kinds of games and sports with the Missouri River in the background. Rick attended Reliance (S.D.) High School and graduated from Chamberlain (S.D.) High School in 1971.
He married the love of his life, Patricia Elizabeth Foster, July 26, 1975. To this union, they added Dolsee Joi in 1986 and Haley Layne in 1991.
Rick’s life was built around his love for his wife, kids, family, friends and work. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers. Anyone who knew Rick knew how loyal to “The Pack” he truly was. Rick touched so many with his loving and generous heart.
Rick will be remembered for his work ethic and commitment to the jobs he flourished at over the years. From his work at D & H Construction to Peavey’s Lumberyard in Chamberlain, he continued with his construction expertise at Kennebec Coop Lumberyard and later built and managed the United Building Center in Chamberlain only to return to the small town atmosphere at Kennebec Lumber.
Rick’s experience in construction, among many other facets as a people person, made him an expert as a fieldman/insurance adjustor for DeSmet Farm Mutual. He will be remembered for his eye for detail and explicit memory that could recall times, places and events that is unmatched.
Rick died near his home Feb. 25, 2013. He was 60.
Rick is survived by his wife, Pat, and daughters Dolsee and Haley, all from Custer; his dad, Robert H. (Donna) Kenobbie of Platte, S.D.; sisters Fayrene (Leo) (Davenport) of Millboro, S.D., Darlys (Kenobbie) Roberts of Sheridan, Wyo., Pam (Kenobbie) Olesen, Monica (Chuck) (Davenport) Weischedel of Onida, S.D., Twilla (Joe) Boyles of Lafayette, Ind., Lindell Davenport of North Aurora, Ill.; brothers, Bob Kenobbie, of Sioux Falls, S.D., Vernon (Janet) Davenport of Somonauk, Ill., Mickey (Chris) Davenport of St. Charles, Ill., David (Janet) Davenport of Marshall, Mich.; and a host of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews who thought the world of him.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Pearl Elaine (Kindt) Kenobbie; sister, Arlene Marie (Davenport) Kenobbie; grandparents, Hugo and Mildred (Earl) Kindt; uncle, LeRoy and aunt, Jean (Kindt) Fries; mother and father-in-law, Albina and Arthur Foster; and grandma Anna Kovanda.
Funeral services were March 2 at the United Church of Christ in Chamberlain. Burial followed at the Kennebec Cemetery.
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