Richard E. "Dick" JENKINS
JENKINS, Richard E. "Dick" Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and caring friend to so many, passed away on October 8, 2016, at 92 after a rich life filled with special times with family and friends. Dick was born in Lakewood, Ohio, May 27, 1924. He graduated from Yale as a member of the class of 45W, a unique designation given to the class that was interrupted by World War II. Dick was a member of the "Greatest Generation" and fought in Germany as a heavy mortar crewman, earning a Purple Heart and 2 Bronze Stars. Upon return to the U.S., Dick met the love of his life, Margaret "Margie" Wilmore on a blind date arranged by their mothers who were volunteers for the war effort. For Margie, it was love at first sight and she told her mother, "I am going to marry him!" They had 68 glorious years raising their family, traveling, and building significant and lasting friendships. While at Yale, Dick was a football and track star, joining the varsity teams as a freshman, and football became his passion throughout his life. Watching football with him was a real experience...he analyzed plays like a pro coach! His first job after college was at Clark Brothers in Olean, NY. He and Margie moved their family to Santa Rosa in 1966 when he became President of Ecodyne, a division of Fluor. After career moves to New York City and Houston, they retired to Santa Rosa because of the great friendships they had made and the wonderful lifestyle Santa Rosa provides. Dick was active in Rotary, Sons in Retirement, Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club, Wild Oak Saddle Club and served as a volunteer for Canine Companions. Dick is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Margie, and his adoring daughters Pam Jenkins, Leslie Conant (George) and Susan Brown (Bob). He was the proud grandfather of Andrew Conant (Brooke), Sarah Conant, Lindsay Betancourt (Sol), Kendall Brown and Spencer Brown; great-grandfather of George Betancourt. The family would like to give special thanks to the gentle and loving caregivers who were with Dick and the family at the end, Tee, Ron and George. Dick will be remembered by his family and friends as a true gentleman and patriot, with a sweet nature, a twinkle in his eye, strong values, and a deep love for his wife and family. The family would be honored if memorial donations were directed to Canine Companions at www.cci.org or PO Box 446, Santa Rosa, CA 95402 or to the Yale Football Association, PO Box 208216, New Haven, CT 06520. Plans for a memorial service are pending.
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