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Walter Jenkins 1922-2005


Posted By: David Hellwege (email)
Date: 9/24/2006 at 20:29:22

Walter Jenkins, 83, of 1155 Laurel Lane, died Friday of heart failure at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the First Baptist Church in Boone, with the Rev. John Swoyer and the Rev. Robert Palser officiating. Following the service, his body will be cremated. Graveside services and burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Rose Hill Cemetery West of Boone.

He was born in Boone Feb. 11, 1922, the son of William and Z. Marie (Jenks) Jenkins. As a youth, he attended Coal Valley Country School and in 1939, he graduated from Boone High School. He attended Boone Junior College for one year.

On Jan. 28, 1951, he married Velma Gibbons in Winterset. The couple lived southeast of Ogden for six years, moving back to the family farm west of Boone in 1957. He farmed all his life, growing grain and raising cattle and hogs.

He was a member of the Boone County Farm Bureau, the Farmers Co-op Elevator where he also served on the Board of Directors, First Baptist Church where he was a long-time usher, and the Masons Rhodes #303 AF & AM of Ogden. He enjoyed woodworking, and raising cattle and hogs.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Rosemary Hoffman. He is survived by his wife of Boone; a son, Walter Jr. and his wife Karla of Boone; two daughters, Marlene Haberer of Ogden and Lora Besse and her husband Scott of Byron, Ill.; two brothers, Dr. Hanley Jenkins and his wife, Marion of West Des Moines, and Dr. William Jenkins Jr., of Dysart; seven grandchildren, Amy, Daniel and Jessica Jenkins all of Boone, Jared and Stephanie Haberer, both of Ogden, and Tyler and Casey Besse, both of Byron, Ill.; and nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Schroeder Memorial Chapel, Sixth and Marshall streets in Boone, where the family will be present from 5 to 8 p.m., and a Masonic service is set at 7 p.m., conducted by Rhodes Lodge #303. Visitation continues at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service.

Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church or the Oncology Department of Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

Schroeder Memorial Chapel, Sixth and Marshall streets, is in charge of the arrangements.

[Source: BNR via the WWW; originally published Feb. 14, 2005.]


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