OBITUARY

Kenneth Dean Jenks Jr.

April 17, 1940November 29, 2018
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Kenneth Dean Jenks, Jr., 78, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, formerly of Wickliffe/Mentor, Ohio peacefully passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018 surrounded by his family.

Ken is survived by his wife of 61 years, Diane E. Jenks (née James). His sons Kenneth Dean Jenks, III (Marcia), G. Scott Jenks (Perry Benson) and his daughters Cynthia Archibald (John), Tamara Jordan (Michael), siblings Karen Pribula (née Holmes), Gary Holmes, Barbara Vlach and Carolyn Campbell. Preceded in death by his son Dennis James Jenks, sister Charlotte Kokitka, parents Ken Jenks, Sr. and Jane Holmes (née Griffin). Ken aka "Papa" has fourteen grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. In Ken's early years he worked at May Company and Higbee's Department Stores in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. In the early 1960's he moved to TRW and then to Cleveland Precision Industries where he was a master tool and die maker who specialized in high tech materials. He was also a certified navy nuclear inspector.

In his retirement, Ken worked for Scripps Newspaper where he could be found selling subscriptions, telling stories, and sharing a joke and a laugh at Jammin' Jenson and other venues around the Treasure Coast.

Ken was dedicated to helping others and was deeply involved in fraternal organizations. He was a member of Willoughby (OH) Lodge #302 for over 50 years and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of the Valley of Cleveland. He was also a member and past patron of Willoughby *OH) Chapter #22 Order of the Eastern Star.

Ken enjoyed many sports including camping, fishing, shooting, archery, scuba diving and was a certified scuba instructor. He enjoyed coaching and supporting his children in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, DeMolay, Rainbow Girls, gymnastics, baseball, and football. He was an avid airplane aficionado and military supporter as well as a founding member of the National Navy UDT-Seal Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida. Most of all Mr. Jenks' house was the house of fun where everyone was welcomed as one of his own. * "Today you are a guest so I will get you what you want to eat or drink, but after today you are family and if you go hungry or thirsty it is your own fault for not getting it for yourself. Just make yourself at home here.' He treated everyone he met like that. Once you met him, you were instant family." -Karin Wagner Hollis

Following his dream 20 years ago, he and Diane moved to Florida. Ken's walks around the neighborhood with greetings for all became commonplace for the neighbors. They unofficially dubbed him the "Mayor" of the neighborhood.

A visitation will be held on Monday, December 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at with a service at 6:30 Aycock Funeral Home in Stuart.

Services

  • Kenneth Dean Jenks Jr Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Kenneth Dean Jenks Jr Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Kenneth Dean Jenks Jr Monday, December 3, 2018
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Kenneth Dean Jenks Jr.

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Mike Ciciretti

December 8, 2018

Lots of memories of a Great guy, My condolences and prayers for the family.

Gayle Taylor

December 3, 2018

Ken was the happiest man I have ever known, despite challenges in his life! The best older cousin a girl could have. He and Diane were crucial in helping me survive my teenage years, as I could be challenging at times. He always had a hug for me and made me part of his family. We lost contact for many years, but it was a great day when I knocked on his door again. He welcomed me back into the family as if I’d never been gone. That was my cousin. The best ever! One of. his prize possessions as a kid was a pair of cowboy boots his Uncle Murray and Aunt Edith gave him. He was hot stuff in those boots, and then there was the real gas mask they gave him. He will always be remembered and loved. I miss him terribly! The world lost a wonderfully happy man and heaven has another angel.

Leonard Willis

December 3, 2018

Ken was an amazing neighbor and friend. I always looked forward to seeing him and Milo taking their daily scroll through the neighborhood. It was sad as well when Milo passed away and I saw how heartbroken Ken was to lose his old friend. He would occasionally sit and have a conversations with me, about the past, the navy, airplanes and of course the neighborhood . I remember him telling me he drove all by himself, out of the state of Florida when Irma hit us last year, I was shocked and we both laughed about it. He was quite the character and he will truly be missed.

I am so sorry for your loss, always remember how great your dad was.

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