Our staff is comprised of dedicated and licensed professionals with the experience to answer all your questions regarding our services. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members at any time.
Dan Davenport is a Licensed Funeral Director, Embalmer, Certified Funeral Celebrant and Cremation Specialist.
He is also the owner and supervisor of Davenport Funeral & Cremation Services.
A lifelong resident of the Washington area, he is the son of Ellen and the late David Davenport of Amity, PA. He attended Trinity High School, graduating with the class of 2010. As a high school student, Dan began working part time as a funeral assistant, serving the needs of local families while working in the HVAC and sales fields full time for several years.
Dan later attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science earning an Associate of Specialized Business degree in Funeral Service Management. There, he was honored with the Memorial Award, a peer voted honor given to the student who most typifies the ideals of the student body. He was also awarded membership in Mu Sigma Alpha, the National Honor Society of Mortuary Science, granted to the top 10% of each graduating class.
He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Psychology from Point Park University, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Waynesburg University.
When not working with families at the funeral home, Dan volunteers locally as a firefighter/EMT and serves as an EMT with several local ambulance services. He is also a proud fur dad to his Golden-doodle, Oliver.
Ellen Davenport serves as a funeral director assistant with our firm and works closely with her son Dan in serving families with compassion and care.
Originally from the village of Lone Pine, Ellen attended Trinity High School, graduating with the class of 1977. She spent many years working in the medical field as a medical assistant and certified phlebotomist for several area physicians, including Dr. Charles Tripoli and Washington Family Doctors (Centerville Clinics).
In 2006, she and her late husband Dave purchased Village Pizza & Deli in Amity, where she served as manager and President for fifteen years until Dave's death in 2020.
Ellen's wealth of personal and professional experience, along with her caring nature, help our firm maintain the high standard of service excellence we are known for.
Julie Sisul is our administrative assistant and the glue that holds our office together.
She assists with many of the administrative tasks that are involved when arranging funeral details, such as obtaining death certificates and burial permits, filing insurance paperwork, processing payments, preparing stationary for services and answering our phones.
She is a huge part of the high quality client service we are known for and is also well known as the first friendly face folks encounter when they stop into the office.
James "Jim" Amato serves as a funeral attendant and is involved in many aspects of funeral service with our firm.
Originally from California, PA, Jim attended California University of Pennsylvania, where he studied business administration. He is also a U.S. Navy Veteran and former employee of the Jessop Steel Corporation, where he worked from 1972 until his retirement in 2002. He currently resides in Houston, PA.
You can usually find Jim greeting visitors or arranging flowers during visitation, as well as assisting during funeral and memorial services.
Christopher J. Openbrier serves as a funeral attendant and is involved in many aspects of funeral service with our firm.
A long time Washington area resident, Chris attended Chartiers Houston High School and served for many years as a 911 Telecommunications Officer for the Washington County Department of Public Safety.
Well known in our community, Chris has also worked in funeral service for over 25 years. Serving area families is personal to him and he enjoys assisting them during their time of loss.
In the spring of 2020, just days before we opened for business at the funeral home, we lost the rock of our family when my dad died after a long and difficult battle with end-stage colon cancer.
His passion for people, his caring nature, his entrepreneurial spirit and his love for making a difference found their way into my heart and have shaped me into who I am today. Dad spent his life giving of himself to others and working tirelessly to be the best father and husband he could be. He saw the very best in people and offered his own best to anyone who asked, no matter what. Even when things got tough and challenges came, he never stopped putting others first.
"Find ways that you can, not reasons why you can't" he would say. When he wanted to make his life better, he looked outwards first and let helping others enrich his life in so many ways. From the day I set out for college to become a small town funeral director, dad was behind me 100%. He pushed me to be better, to never give up and to use my blessings in life for the sake of blessing others.
While he didn't get to see this dream become a reality, his caring spirit and servant's heart live on in everything we do at the funeral home. Because of you, Dad, I wake up every morning excited to make a difference and motivated by the prospect of making someone else's life just a little bit better. For that, I am eternally grateful.