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Lenard Dale Davenport

Lenard Dale Davenport (age 65) of Nixa, Missouri died on Friday, November 29, 2019, following a brief battle with esophageal cancer. At the time of his death, he was surrounded by his partner, family and friends. Born on February 14, 1954, to Bob and Madge Lucille (Edwards) Davenport, Lenard grew up in Blue Jacket, Oklahoma. After finishing high school in Blue Jacket, Lenard started his career, which brought him to Springfield, Missouri. With his love for horses, he enjoyed riding and showing horses at various events throughout the Midwest. He also was a founding partner of Equine Ventures Unlimited, LLC, in which he and close friends managed horse shows at Nationals and Congresses. The shows were throughout the United States with specific focus in Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nebraska and Kentucky. Another passion that Lenard focused so much of his efforts towards was AIDS Project of the Ozarks (APO). His devotion to APO was felt through his unwavering support for its mission and his involvement on the board of directors. Lenard was also an active member of the Mount Zion Presbyterian Church in Willard, Missouri. For those who knew Lenard, he brought happiness to their lives through his kindness and love. He is survived by his long-time partner, Mark Hardman; sisters Mary Alice (Marion) Floyd, Jane (Bob) Apperson, JoAnne Davenport; bothers Denver (Cindy) Davenport and Larry (Mary Jane) Davenport. He is also survived by his uncle Dallas (Pat) Edwards; cousins Roger Davenpoort and Pamela Peters, as well as several nieces and nephews. Lenard is also survived by his God daughter, Michael Harris of Springfield, MO. Lenard was preceded in death by his father and mother. The family is hosting a visitation to be held at 10:30 AM December 7, 2019 at Mount Zion Presbyterian Church in Willard, Missouri. A memorial service will start at 11:00 AM following the visitation. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the AIDS Project of the Ozarks.

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Funeral Home Owner Feb 9 2021 12:00 AM

I was just telling a friend a story about miniature horses and I thought of Leonard. I remember him telling me he was sick so I just decided to check up on him. So sad to see that he passed.

chad Jan 28 2020 12:00 AM

You took many roles in my life and will never be forgotten.

Renee Knight Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM

you will never be forgotten my friend

Linda Killion Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM

Heaven is gathering all the best. You will always be in my memories. I pray that God will allow me to see your beautiful smile in a Chariot behind a winged horse someday. <3

Lisa Davis Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lenard Davenport

Lisa Davis Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM

Unforgettable Lenard! We will continue to pray for Mark, JoAnne, and your entire family.

Joanie Tamboe Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lenard Davenport

Joanie Tamboe Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM

Many many good times at horse shows, most fun late at night going to the fleetwood so he cpuld give my sister who was the late nigth coom a hard. Hed orxer liver an onions at 2 am She knew who it was! You wil be so miss my sugar lumps

Darlene wise horner Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM

Oh Lenard...you will be missed by so many. Memories??? There are 40 years of memories to think about. But my dear friend, what I will always remember is you were always there for Larry, myself and so many others. Your heart was always giving and asking so very little for yourself. Thank you Dear One.

Sue Frey Dec 6 2019 12:00 AM

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