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Funeral Mass held for Father Davenport

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Father Thomas Davenport
Father Thomas J. Davenport, retired priest of the Springfield diocese, died Sept. 21 at St. Joseph's Home in Springfield, age 91.

He was born Sept. 5, 1916, in Chicago, the son of the late Thomas J. and Mary E. Terry Davenport, and was ordained to the priesthood on April 5, 1942.

Father Davenport was assistant pastor at Ss. Peter and Paul in Collinsville from 1942-1945. He served as secretary at the chancery from 1945-1946, then was assistant at St. Boniface, Edwardsville from 1946-1947. He was parochial administrator at St. Mary in Bunker Hill from 1947-1959. He was pastor at Sacred Heart in Villa Grove, 1959-1968; Immaculate Conception in Pittsfield, 1968-1970; Ss. Simon and Jude in Gillespie, 1970-1972; St. Michael in Greenfield, 1972-1975; and St. Catherine, Virden, 1975-1977. He was pastor of St. Denis, Shipman and St. John the Evangelist, Medora, from 1977 until his retirement in 1993.

Father Davenport is survived by several cousins.

The funeral Mass was held Sept. 26 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, with Bishop George J. Lucas as principal celebrant. Graveside services and burial were Sept. 27 at St. Michael's Cemetery in Baraboo, Mich.

Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home, Springfield, was in charge of arrangements.

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