William Helsey Jenkins

Passed away on September 11, 2021

William “Bill” Helsey Jenkins returned home to the loving embrace of his Lord and Savior on Saturday morning, September 11, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 75. Born to Billy Dean Jenkins and Mildred Lorraine Jenkins, Bill was raised traveling the world as his father spent his career in the military. His fondest memories from his childhood were his years living in Okinawa, Japan. After graduating high school, Bill spent time in the United States Marines. Following his service, he enrolled at Los Angeles Baptist College in Newhall, California, where he met and married the love of his life, Cheryl. Soon after, he attended the Los Angeles County School of Nursing, where he earned his nursing degree. He furthered his training in the United States Air Force where he became a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). After leaving the Air Force, Bill flew his Cessna plane to small towns to provide anesthesia. It was then that he was introduced to the small town of Corning and Corning Memorial Hospital, where he then moved his family so they could live a life of abundance. He was the sole provider of anesthesia there for five years until it’s closing. He moved on to St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, CA, where he devoted the next 35 years to providing anesthesia, while touching the lives of countless patients and co-workers. Bill earned his HAM Radio operator license at a young age and maintained a passion for this hobby his whole life. He was most proud of his wife, children, and grandchildren, and loved to spend his free time with them. Most important, however, was his love for Jesus, his Lord and Savior. Bill is survived by his beautiful and faithful bride, Cheryl, his children Cindy Rogers, Sarah (Shea) Robertson, and Billy (Stephanie) Jenkins, along with his grandchildren Hannah Rogers and Harper Diovisalvi, and Ransom, Shea, Colt, and Summer Robertson. He is also survived by his brothers Dean and Mark Jenkins, as well as numerous extended family. A memorial service will be held in honor of Bill at 9:30am on September 25, 2021, at the Evangelical Free Church of Chico, 1193 Filbert Ave, Chico, CA.


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Sheryl Wolcott

September 17, 2021

Some of my fondest memories have Bill in them. Houseboat trips on Shasta, Christmas tree hunting in the Mendocino Forest, and one Thanksgiving at the Jenkins house the day after I had my wisdom teeth removed are just a few days I’ll always remember with Bill. I can’t wait to see him in heaven one day. Cheryl, Cindy, Sarah & Billy, you’re all being prayed for and thought of during this time from Georgia. Much love. ❤️
Sheryl (Smith) Wolcott

Steve McMahon-Grace

September 17, 2021

I was introduced to Bill during my Junior year at Corning High School. He was welcoming and generous as were all the Jenkins. I fondly remember him with a smile on his face and obvious love for his family. You could palpably feel and see the affection he had for them.

Cheryl, Cindy, Sarah, and Billy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and love are with all of you. Though we've been separated by circumstance, years, and distance, I am glad that for a short period of time I was able to know your husband and father.