James 'Jim' H. Jenkins


Posted: Friday, April 08, 2005

Former Kenai resident James "Jim" H. Jenkins died Tuesday, March 8, 2005, in Tucumcari, N.M. He was 81.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 12.

Mr. Jenkins was born Oct. 6, 1923, in Dallas to Gains and Leila Jenkins. He graduated from high school in 1940 from Panhandle, Texas, and received an associate degree in military science from the University of Maryland.

He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in October 1942 and was married June 12, 1943, to Gloria in Clovis, N.M.

After retiring in May 1963, he worked in heavy construction and was a real estate broker on the Kenai Peninsula until ill health forced his retirement in 1985. At that time, he and his wife moved to Tucumcari.

Mr. Jenkins was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars and a charter member of the Kenai Elks Lodge No. 2425 until relocating to Tucumcari.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Fay, in 1977.

Mr. Jenkins is survived by his wife, Gloria; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Erick Grap of Tucumcari; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Ann Jenkins of Anchorage; sisters and brother-in-law, Mary and Gerry Washburn and Leila Kyle, all of Fort Sumner, N.M.; granddaughters, Danna Hoellering and husband, Tom, of Anchorage and Misty Merriman of Kenai; grandsons, Kyle Kimbrel of Spokane, Wash., Travis Hood of Anchorage and Vincent Grap of Tucumcari; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made by Dunn Funeral Home in Tucumcari.

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