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Jenkins, Mark Woodrow


Posted By: Daniel Shaul (email)
Date: 4/24/2022 at 18:03:55

The Hamburg Reporter, Nov. 23, 1950, page 6


Mark Woodrow Jenkins, the son of J.E. and Nellie Jenkins, was born Oct. 17, 1917, near Thurman, Iowa, and died Nov. 11, 1950 at his home in Riverton at the age of 33 years and 25 days. He attended school at Thurman and graduated from the high school there in 1935. He was active in sports and music. In 1935 he moved with his parents to a farm south of Riverton, where he resided until April 18, 1941, at which time he entered service in the U.S. Army.

On April 3, 1941, he was united in marriage to Ruth Hess, and to this union two children were born, Gary Gene and Woody Carrol.

He served his country for fifty-two months, forty-two of which were spent overseas. On returning to Riverton, he was engaged in the grocery business with his brother Fred for about a year. Then he became a clerk in the local post office, and served as long has his health permitted. He was active in all civic and community affairs. He loved his home, family and church, but above all he enjoyed children, and his two sons were his pride and joy. He attended church services whenever his health permitted. He united with the Riverton Christian church on July 19, 1950.

Although he had been ill for several months, he greeted all with a smile and never complained. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, his two sons, his parents, one brother, Fred of Anita, Iowa; one sister, Mrs. Harold Isom of Strahan and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon Nov. 18 at the Riverton Christian church, with Hugh M. Olson of Hamburg in charge, assisted by Wendell Inman. Music provided by Mrs. Ellis Broughton and Mrs. Jack Putman of Shenandoah, assisted at the piano by Bill Knittle, also of Shenandoah, who played with Mark in the S.W. Iowa band since his return from service. Caskett bearers were Gene Fender and James Thiessen of Hamburg, Keith Fender of Arispe, Iowa, Edwin Anderson, Waldo Cowden and Earl Randolph. Burial was in the Riverton cemetery.


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