George Devenport

George F. Devenport

Wednesday, October 28th, 1936 - Saturday, June 6th, 2020
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George Franklin Devenport October 28, 1936 - June 6 2020
George died June 6 at the age of 83. He was raised in Kansas City, MO by his parents Kenneth and Erma Devenport. George was married to the love of his life, Judy, for nearly 63 years. George and Judy met in High School when George, the only son of a Mormon family, was already promised to someone else, but after meeting Judy in Algebra he fell head over heels in love and could never see himself with another. They married upon Judy’s graduation and he adored her until the day he died. Together they took on the world and George was always willing to go on any adventure Judy wanted. From owning a restaurant, buying horses, completely renovating a lake cabin, to dedicated dog rescue there was nothing that together they couldn’t conquer. George loved to build things and work with his hands. He could figure out how to build and fix almost anything, he could always be seen carrying his tool box on to the next project. He took that skill to a part time job at Ace Hardware after retiring from sales. There he not only got to share his knowledge but also meet and mentor people everyday. George was a stranger to no one. He was a presence that couldn’t be ignored. Everywhere he went if he didn’t already know half the people in the room he would before he left. He was a generous soul that would help anyone around him in need. He was notorious for leaving 300%+ tips and large donations to organizations throughout the city. In his later years, George and Judy became avid dog activists fostering and adopting dogs and animals with full and open hearts. Their home was often filled with as many as 10 dogs. There was always a dog or two close at his heels. He loved and cared for each dog completely, no matter where they came from or how challenging they may be. George treasured nothing more than a really good conversation. He could sit for hours telling stories, talking about world events, politics or the recent Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. Those conversations were especially cherished in his favorite place in the world, the Lake of the Ozarks. A place he visited frequently with his 3 children as they grew up and eventually his grandchildren and many friends. George was never happier than in the quiet early mornings sitting on the porch watching the lake as the steam from his hot cup of coffee floated in the air and a few dogs rested at his feet. He loved it as his family slowly joined him for stories as the day would overtake the quiet morning. His ashes will be spread there to forever enjoy the peace of the place he felt most joy. He will be deeply missed by Judy, his family, and all those that he touched during his years, but he crossed the rainbow bridge early Saturday morning to a chorus of dogs welcoming his long awaited arrival along with a few horses, cats, a couple pigs and at least one goat. He will wait there until his beloved Judy can join him and his presence will live on forever in those quiet mornings at the lake.

George is survived by his wife Judy (Bittner) Devenport, his 3 children and their spouses Dawn (Mike) Allen, Kent (Nancy) Devenport, and Jill (Ed) Woods, his 7 Grandchildren Riki and Jace (Kelcee) Allen, Drew (Kat) and Anne Devenport, Courtnie, Bailee and Ashlea (Zach Banks) Woods and his 2 great grandchildren Aislynn and Harlee Banks. He is also survived by his sister Frances (Jack) Holmes and many loved nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of George's Life will be announced at a later date.
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Laquitis Williams

Posted at 01:20pm
My Heart 💓 Goes out to each and everyone of you All. I was your Dads Hairdresser for multiple years and He Always had a story to tell me we would laugh so much and stay up to par on the lastest in our Families. He and Ms Judy will Always be here in My Heart 💗 Forever He will truly be missed Love you All. Quita

Kristy Lantz Newport

Posted at 04:04pm
Here's to George, who was more of a father to me than my own. Love this guy.

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