Nickolas Kenneth Walter Jenkins

March 21, 2001November 12, 2020

Nickolas Kenneth Walter Jenkins, 19, of Rockford, IL, passed away suddenly Thursday, November 12, 2020. He was born March 21, 2001, in Rockford, IL, the son of James Olson and Nellie Jenkins. Nick enjoyed playing video games, drawing and being in nature. He loved his son, Joah Kenneth Walter Jenkins very much. Nick’s personal mantra was, “I’m living my best life!” Nick is loved and missed by his son, Joah; parents, James (Nicole) Olson and Nellie Jenkins; siblings, Jimmy O’Meara, Donald Olson and Alexandra Olson; paternal grandparents, Steve and Debbie Olson, maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Jenkins; step-grandparents, Dan and Wendy Dallman; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Richard Warner. A public walk through visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m., Friday, November 20, 2020 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park, IL 61115. Private Funeral service will be livestreamed at 2:00 p.m., at Cremation rites to follow. Memorials may be made in care of the family.


  • Walk Through Visitation

    Friday, November 20, 2020

  • Private Funeral Service

    Friday, November 20, 2020



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Kendra Fitzgerald

November 20, 2020

Nick was my best friend of 5 years. Within the 5 years I knew him, he was loving, kind, caring, and he had a big heart. No matter what we went through in life, it was almost like we could pick up right where we left off as if we had just saw each other yesterday. My family and I loved Nick as one of our own family members.

My brother and I spent a lot of time with Nick while he was in one of his foster homes (with my aunt). My first of two favorite memories with him will always be spending Christmas Eve and his birthdays. The contagious smile on his face when he received his gifts will always warm my heart. He was always so grateful for everything people did for him.

My second favorite memory is what I have in my mind as "Bowling with Nick". We went bowling with my aunt and she brought Nick and another foster son along with her. Nick said he had never been bowling before so we tried to show him how to hold the ball and do everything. But he just couldn't get the hang of it and he kept chucking the bowling ball down the isle like a football. Fell everytime he went to roll it and just laughed. 😂😂

Nick, you will forever be in our hearts and forever missed by us. We love you so much and hope you're "Living your best life" somewhere happy out there! ❤

If the family needs anything please do not hesitate to ask, you're all in our thoughts and prayers!

Billie Callahan

November 20, 2020

My heart breaks for you Nellie, and family. Nick had such a beautiful spirit. Your son was artistic, creative, and kind, like his mother. Nellie, you shone in him, just like he will continue to shine in you.

I am deeply sorry for your loss. Please know that I am keeping you in my heart, and I pray that you may find some small comfort in the arms of family, friends, and faith through this unspeakable grief.

Susan (Sue) Jenkins Galloway

November 19, 2020

Nick was my great nephew. My family and I would see Nick when we traveled to Rockford to visit family. My best memory of Nick is one that I see most often in my minds eye when I think of him; I remember taking him for walks near my brother Jim’s home. I don’t remember what we talked about, but I clearly remember the feeling of holding his little hand in mine and thinking what a sweet little boy he was. I hope he has found peace, and that his family will too as time and life go on.

Jim Jenkins

November 19, 2020

Nick Jenkins was my great nephew and foster son for nine years, from the age of 4 through 13. My wife Geri and son Jaden had the privilege of watching him grow up and sharing our lives with Nick. My son Jaden loved Nick as his brother and they shared all the joys and challenges of childhood. Nick kept busy through the years as a member of the Cub Scouts, sang in the grade school choir, played football with the Winn-Du-Pec Hornets, basketball for Pecatonica Middle School, and played baseball in the summer on a local park district team.

There are two things today that always remind me of Nick that I want to share.

Every time I walk or drive past Daughenbaugh Field in Pecatonica I am reminded of the night when Nick was at bat for his little league team. He wasn't the greatest hitter on the team, and his team's bench was rather quiet as Nick came to bat with a runner on 2nd base. To everyone's delight Nick drove a pitch high into right field, so high the ball arced over the floodlights and the outfielder momentarily lost sight of the ball. His teammates and all the parents were on their feet cheering Nick as he made it to second base, a double that scored a run and helped them win the game. I remember that special moment in Nick's life every time I pass by the park, without fail. What I remember most is the look on Nick's face when he made it to second base, pride and achievement all in one big smile.

I also take frequent hikes at Seward Bluffs Forest Preserve, and when I pass the swings and play area I always remember the times that I took Nick and Jaden there to play and grill hot dogs or burgers. The boys loved to play together and often chased me around the slides or played frisbee or catch with a ball and glove. We would end our park visit with grilled hot dogs or hamburgers, maybe some baked beans, chips, and pop. I think of the many times we spent at Seward Bluffs playing together every time I hike through the park. I love my memories of Nicholas.

Timothy Yaeger

November 17, 2020

Very sorry for your loss from my family to yours. The one time I met Nick I know he loved the Gouda Cheese from Wisconsin. He certainly had an infectious smile.

Jaden Jenkins

November 17, 2020

Nick was my older brother we grew up together and as we got older are bond just kept getting stronger and it hurts me that I have to carry on his legacy bc nobody will ever be able to get close to what nick was going to accomplish he had so many amazing dreams and goals I just hope wherever he is that he’s livin his best life

Laurie Thomas

November 16, 2020

Meeting Nicholas when he was a baby, his mother Nellie was really good with him. Nicholas was the sweetest looking baby and I saw the love in Nellie's eyes! Seeing Nicholas a few times all grown up was awesome. Nice young man!
God Bless everyone in Nicholas and Nellie's life! Love, Laurie, Nicks Great Aunt.....

Tara O'Meara

November 16, 2020

I remember meeting Nick as 8 year old boy when his little brother Jimmy was born. He had so much energy and such excitement for life. That excitement never left him. We are so saddened at his passing. He is loved and will be missed. We want to send our condolences to his whole family.

Tara, Bob, Emily, Sadie, Mikey, and Jimmy O'Meara

Debbie Ginesi

November 16, 2020

James and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

Debbie and David Ginesi


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