CHESTERVILLE — Charles Richard “Dick” Jenkins, 85, of Chesterville, passed away Friday morning, Sept. 23, 2011, at Med-Central hospital in Mansfield following a brief illness.
Dick was born June 16, 1926, in Sparta to Horace Henry and Oral Marie Bockover Jenkins. He attended Chesterville school and served in the U.S Army 9th Division Band in Germany at the end of World War II. He was married to Iris Grogg, his beloved wife of 54 years, on Jan. 22, 1949. He moved his young family to Mansfield in 1952, where he worked for the National Seating Co. for 33 years. In 1968, the family moved back to Chester Township in southern Morrow County. Growing up in the Depression, Dick was known to innovatively and inexpensively fix motors, tractors and other equipment around the farm. He was interested in aviation from a young age and took flying lessons in Galion during the early 1950s, earning his private pilot’s license in 1955. Over the years he enjoyed giving hundreds of children and adults airplane rides in his yellow Piper Cub. He was a 60-year member of the Chesterville Masonic Lodge. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his special friend, Katherine McClosky of Fulton; six children, William (Patsy) Jenkins of Mount Vernon, Robert (Peggy) Jenkins of Chesterville, Darlene (Steve) Dupler of Lancaster, LuAnn (Chris) Meehl of Lynnfield, Mass., Lisa (Cliff) Reusser of Navarre and Jack (Laura) Jenkins of Worthington; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his sister, Jean (Harold) Baughman of Mount Gilead.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Iris; his parents; and brother, Lowell.
Friends may call Thursday, Sept. 29, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Heartland Alliance Church, 6385 State Route 314, Mount Gilead. The funeral service will be held following the calling hours at 7 p.m. Pastor Cory Schnuerer of the Heartland Alliance Church will officiate. A private burial will be held in Bloomfield Cemetery near Sparta.
Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the charity of one’s choice.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Fredericktown is honored to have been chosen to serve Dick’s family.
For those wishing to express their private condolences to his family, you may do so online by visiting http://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
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