Bill Merritt Funeral Service

6201 Northwest 39Th Expressway, Bethany, OK


COL. W. Hugh Jenkins

June 5, 1925October 2, 2019
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COL W Hugh Jenkins Jr (USArmy Ret) passed October 2, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving wife and his four children. Hugh is survived by his wife of 52 years Rita K Jenkins, his children W. Hugh Jenkins III, Traci M Jenkins, Melissa Jenkins-Fenderson, and Bryan E. Jenkins, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and one great, great-grandchild.

The only child of Zena Tanner and Willie Hugh Jenkins, Hugh started his life in Sandersville, Georgia and remained there until leaving to enter Georgia Military College “GMC” at the age of 17. From there, he won the prestigious college appointment to the United States Military Academy “West Point”, graduating in 1949. He went on to have a very distinguished career, proudly serving his country for 34 years through three wars WWII, Korea and Vietnam until retiring in 1975.

Hugh and Rita planted their roots in Yukon, Oklahoma, where they became foster parents to several children and he started his second career as a College Professor. Working at El Reno Junior College, he taught for 17 years until 1992, when he retired for the second time. Hugh was very devoted to the church throughout his life, serving as a Lay Leader and Treasurer for Good Shepherd United Methodist Church for many years. Hugh enjoyed singing in the choir at several of the churches he attended throughout the years. Hugh and Rita made a large circle of friends square dancing with the Grand Spinners for many years.

Hugh would start his third career in 1991 upon moving to the country and beginning WeeOkie Miniature Horse Farm (with a little nudge from his wife, Rita). Hugh may have grown up in a small farm town, but learning the ropes of running a horse farm was a new adventure for him and Rita. They learned together and had many years of breeding, showing, and delivering horses to horse enthusiasts worldwide.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.


  • U.S. Army Honor Guards


  • Visitation Sunday, October 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 7, 2019


COL. W. Hugh Jenkins

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Darrell & Karen Manuel

October 7, 2019

We will miss Hugh’s good stories, his awesome smile (which he was always smiling) his cute little giggle and him rolling his eyes once in a while when you guys were deciding on a place to eat breakfast after church. He was a great man. So kind to everyone. We will miss him taking off up the isle after church only to be standing waiting for us to get to our spot to chat a bit. We are so blessed to be called part of your family and so blessed to have known Hugh.

charmaine polk-snider

October 6, 2019

I have such fond memories of my great uncle Hugh. I was spoiled and a handful as a child and he had a lot of patience with me. My deepest condolences go to his family and friends. I know that God has a special place for Uncle Hugh and his soul is happy and content. My grandmother, Sara Jenkins Polk, always referred to him as her best big brother. He lived a long remarkable life and I am proud to be related to such a grand humane being. God be with you in your sorrow,

Jan Williams

October 5, 2019

Through Traci, I know how much he is loved. Traci told her friends many times how much she adores her dad and of the great memories she had growing up. My heart is with Traci and the family.

James Polk

October 4, 2019

Hugh was always special to the C Joe Polk family. I always enjoyed our conversations at the Jenkins reunions through many years. Daddy loved catching up with Hugh every year. Our love and prayers go out to Rita and all the kids. As a family of faith we are glad Hugh has his reward. 🙏🏻
James and Lynn

Frank Lupton

October 4, 2019

Hugh was an officer and a gentleman.

Terri Polk Gruenenfelder

October 4, 2019

Hugh will be greatly missed by our family. Hugh was so welcoming and we knew we were important to him because we are family. Conversations with him were always enlightening, and he remembered every detail about everyone. What an incredible gift we were given in Hugh Jenkins.

Jane Cline

October 3, 2019

Hugh was the calm in the storm, the voice of reason.
M.L. says, A true Southern Gentleman.
Rest in Peace Hugh Jenkins, you will forever be missed.

Viki Carson

October 3, 2019

Hugh always had a kind word and smile to share. I'll never forget that wonderful smile and laugh! Hugh and Rita, quite the pair!

Bobbie Winters

October 3, 2019

Rita and I were packing for a miniature horse show, and I was helping Hugh pack the tubs of show supplies in the back of the truck. He was always detailed and organized. It took us at least an hour to pack. Hugh was a loving and thoughtful husband, father and friend. Rita and Hugh are like family to us. Rest in peace my friend.