George Jenkins


George Douglas Jenkins, Jr. age 94 entered eternal glory on January 20, 2017.  He was born November 13, 1922, to George Douglas and Gertrude Mary (Ingram) Jenkins in Harrisburg, IL.  He was the third of six children, and the first son.

   As a sergeant in the United States Army in World War II, he served as a radio operator (known as “Sparky”), much of that time aboard ships in the South Pacific.   His stories include descriptions of New Guinea, and seeing General MacArthur disembark from a nearby ship.  He married Dorris (Hamby) Jenkins on November 29, 1946, at the Christian Church in Harrisburg, IL.  He worked with his father in the machine shop at Minerva Fluorspar Mine in Southern Illinois before taking a job as an electrician in Metropolis, IL.  Soon thereafter, he felt called into the ministry and started college at Southern Illinois University, while pastoring Southern Illinois Methodist churches.  He  graduated from SIUC in 1962, and the family moved to Benton, Wisconsin, where he served the Benton Methodist Church and attended the University of Dubuque [Iowa] Theological Seminary.  He graduated in May 1965.  He continued to serve churches in the Southern Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church.

   During his tenure at Benton, WI, he took up golf with friends, and excelled at the game.  Golf provided lifelong enjoyment for him,  and he continued to excel and outscore other competitors (to his great delight!) into his 80’s. 

   George married Ruth Shadley May 2, 2007, they enjoyed friends and family in Brown City, MI, in the summer months, and longtime friends in Avon Park, FL, in the winter months.  They enjoyed the many activities and worship offered at Avon Park Campground.

   George was preceeded in death by his parents, and sisters Kathleen, Wilma, Norma, and Nigel, his wife Dorris, and his wife Judy (Workman) Jenkins, whom he married in July 1996.   He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Shadley) Jenkins of Brown City, MI, his daughters, Laura Dianne (Randall)  Limberg of Lexington Park, MD, and Georgianna (Jim) Richey of Marion, IL,  brother, Jack Jenkins, of Marion, IL.  He is also survived by grandchildren Keith (Susan Hanna) Limberg of Exeter, NH, Amanda (Todd) Evans of Hollywood, MD, Sarah (Dan) Marsh of Edwardsville, IL, Lindsey (Matt) Clendenin of Lumberton, MS, and 7 great grandchildren.   He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  He loved and was loved by many.

   Also survived by: Stepchildren from Ruth:  Robert (Deb) Shadley, Rick (Shari) Shadley, Greg (Deb) Shadley, Jim (Cindy) Shadley & Karen (Ken) Eklund. 15 Step-Grandchildren & 14 Step Great-Grandchildren.  

   Stepchildren from Judy: Jan (Walt) Perry, Gary (Connie) Workman, Jeannie (Roy) Rouse, Bonnie (Chris) Callas, Jerry (Heidi) Workman.  11 Step-Grandchildren & 16 Step Great-Grandchildren.

  A Memorial service will be held at the Brown City United Methodist Church on Feb 4, 2017 at 11:00 am.  A Dinner will immediately follow.

   Memorials may be made to Brown City United Methodist Church 7043 Lincoln Street Brown City, MI  48416 or United Hospice Service of  Marlette.