Jerold Dean Jenkins Sr., 84, longtime Newkirk, Okla., resident, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at Integris Baptist Hospital in Oklahoma City.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at First United Methodist Church of Newkirk, with the Rev. Susan Rice officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Newkirk Cemetery.
The body will lie in state from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Miller-Stahl Funeral Service.
Those serving as casket bearers will be Robert Weston, Matt Weston, Joey Foundray, Kerry Foundray, Ronnie Fortner, Jaquay Jenkins, Courtney Jenkins, Landon Jenkins and Zane Jenkins.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Jerold Jenkins’ name and mailed to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758577, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.
The son of James Elmer and Gladys Lorene (McCall) Jenkins, Jerold was born Aug. 14, 1935, in Newkirk, Okla. He grew up in east Newkirk and graduated from Newkirk High School with the class of 1954.
Jerold enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in July 1954 and served more than 20 years as an aircraft weapons loading technician and special weapons loading superintendent. He was also assigned to the 12th Air Force IG inspector general staff for two years. There he inspected units in the 12th Air Force for their combat-ready status. He was stationed in Texas, Germany, Nevada, Kansas, Morocco and North Dakota, with short tours in Alaska, Thailand, Vietnam and Korea. He retired in October 1974 with the rank of Master Sergeant. He earned the NCO Academy Graduate Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award and Air Force Accommodation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, and also a certificate of recognition which read in part “for your service in the Cold War in promoting peace and stability for this nation, the people of this nation are forever grateful,” signed by the Secretary of Defense.
Jerold and Bonnie Carol Sparks married on June 9, 1955 at First Baptist Church in Newkirk, Okla. They loved and raised a daughter and four sons. After his retirement from the Air Force, Jerold worked for the Kay County Highway Department District 2 for six years as office manager, then for Total Petroleum for 18 years as a propane and crude oil driver. He then worked for Groendyke Transport as an over-the-road trucker, hauling propane and flour. He next worked as a school bus driver for Newkirk Public Schools for three years, then worked with his grandson for a short time hauling storm shelters from Shidler, Okla.
Jerold was an avid sports fan. He loved the Dallas Cowboys and attended many of their games. He was also a fan of the University of Oklahoma Sooners. An avid fisherman, he spent many hours on Kaw Lake with his sons. Jerold and his wife Bonnie loved square dancing and did shows across western Germany when he was stationed there with the Air Force. He relished working on their small tract of land east of Newkirk, which was his place of worship. They also enjoyed performing karaoke shows at nursing homes in northern Oklahoma, southern Kansas and at the veterans home in Winfield.
Jerold was preceded in death by Bonnie, his wife of nearly 64 years, on April 19, 2019; an infant daughter, Rhonda Carol Jenkins; a daughter-in-law, Lanette Jenkins; three grandchildren, Kristopher Cyle Jenkins, Kevin Chaz Jenkins and Kendra Carolee Jenkins; his parents; and siblings, Dorothy, Betty, Janet, Clifford and LeRoy.
Survivors include his four sons and a daughter-in-law, Jerold Jr. and Bambi Jenkins, of Ponca City, Okla., Terry Jenkins, of Seattle, Wash., and Kurtis Jenkins and Kevin Jenkins, both of Kaw City, Okla.; his grandchildren, Jaquay and Juaneta Jenkins, Necole and Dacy Jackson, and Victoria and Jason Pettigrew, all of Ponca City, Okla., Jeniffer Jenkins, of Ozark, Mo., and Courtney and Leslie Jenkins, of Shidler, Okla.; his great-grandchildren, Jaelon Jaquay Jenkins, of Tulsa, Okla., Landon Jenkins, Jaqulyn Jenkins, Abygale Stockwell, Derek Jenkins, Lannie Jackson, London Pettigrew, Landrie Jackson and Kooper Pettigrew, all of Ponca City, Okla., Peyton Branson and Aubrey Branson, both of Ozark, Mo., Zane Jenkins and Emery Jo Jenkins, both of Shidler, Okla., and Karson Jenkins, Kenzlea Jenkins and Kassadee Hamilton, all of Ponca City, Okla.; and one great-great-grandchild, Isaac Saucedo. He is also survived by a sister, Freda Fast, of Fort Worth, Texas.