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Ernest D. Jenkins Jr.
Ernest D. Jenkins Jr.NASA CrawlerErnest D. Jenkins Jr., 90, formerly of Richwood and West Mansfield, died peacefully early Friday morning April 17, 2015 at Heartland of Marysville.   He was born July 5, 1924 in Vinton County to the late Ernest Sr. and Esta Violet (Vance) Jenkins.

On February 3, 1947 he married the former Betty J. Mitchell and she survives.

He was a member of the Richwood First United Methodist Church, the NRA and United Steel Workers.  After graduating from Vinton High school, he worked with his father; and using a team of horses, hauled timber, which was used to build railroad ties, out of the hills of southern Ohio.  He worked as a fireman on the Erie Railroad before working at Marion Power Shovel.  There he was a federally certified welder working on the NASA crawler.  He later worked as a set-up man and retired in 1986 after 31 years of service.

Ernie enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, traveling and anything to do with outdoors.  He passed on his love of nature to his children and grandchildren, whom he loved deeply.  He enjoyed raising farm animals in his younger years.  He also loved to watch and play basketball.  Ernie was known for his honesty, even to a fault.

Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Beverly (Merrill) Staley, West Mansfield; a son, Randy D. (Susie M.) Jenkins, Fayette County, West Virginia; seven grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren, Angela (George) Hill, London and their children, Delaney and Katie; Matthew (Andrea) Staley, West Mansfield and their children, Rhett, Ryan and Brady; Mark (Betsy) Staley, Casstown and their children, Kendal and Caleb; Debra Hundley, Fayette County, West Virginia and her children, Jessica Pugh, Emily, Carly, Tia and Brianna; Amy Cunningham and her children, Patti and Elijah; Megan Jenkins Shrewsbery and her children, Noah and Bethany; and Amanda Jenkins and her son, Addison.  He was preceded in death by an infant sister.

Friends may call Sunday April 19, 2015 from 2 to 4 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood.  Funeral services will be Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:00 noon at the Richwood First United Methodist Church with Pastor Joseph Rhea officiating.  Burial will follow in the Claibourne Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 18 S. Fulton Street, Richwood, OH  43344 or Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) , 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com


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#1 from: Barb Parish
Stuart, Florida
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 7:39 PM

Dear Peg, Bev, Randy and families,
I am so sorry to hear of Ernie's passing. I will remember him as a great friend to Mom & Dad. He was a genuinely nice and cheerful person. Of course, he will be fondly remembered by the McKnight family for anonymously dropping off a kitty to help Mom through the lonely days after Dad passed away. That kitty was THE BEST and we have had many laughs over the years about Ernie finally confessing to dropping off the cat. Peg, I wish I could give you a kitty and a hug. I'll be thinking of your family over the next days and months. Enjoy your memories. Barb & Bud



#2 from: Alan Cowgill
Springfield, Ohio
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 9:15 PM

Beverly Sorry for your loss.



#3 from: Angela Phipps
Mt Victory
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 10:49 PM

Randy and families so sorry to hear the passing of your dad may god be with each of you during this difficult time



#4 from: Ned & Terry Bumgarner
SC
Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 12:55 AM

Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are are with you



#5 from: Fritz & Arlene Blue
154 Ss.Franklin St. Richwood,Oh 43344
Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 3:35 PM

PEG AND FAMILY:

SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT ERNIE'S PASSING. HE WAS A GOOD SOUL AND PLEASANT TO BE AROUND. RELIVE YOUR MEMORIES AND KEEP HIM NEAR AS WE WILL ALL SEE HIM SOON ON THE OTHER SIDE. SENDING A HUG TO YOU PEG AS ANOTHER STAGE OF YOUR LIFE BEGINS.





#6 from: David and Nancy Wiley
Richwood
Sun, Apr 19, 2015 at 7:26 PM

We were so sorry to read this today.  We were out of town and unable to be there to express our sympathy.  All of the family is in our thoughts and prayers.  God give you strength at this difficult time.  David and Nancy



#7 from: Dan Foos
Richwood
Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 7:04 AM

Bev and family ,
I extend my sympathy to you all, may God give you comfort in your loss !

Dan Foos



#8 from: Jess and Elizabeth Mosser and Family
Marysville, Ohio
Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 10:23 AM

Bev and Family - Saddened to hear of your loss.  Ernest was a sweet and FUNNY man and has such an amazing, loving family!  I was so honored to get to meet him.  Thinking of you all today and praying for you.  Love, The Mossers



#9 from: ronda smith hisle
 
Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 2:31 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Ernies passing. He was a wonderful man and good friend to my father, Lester.Sending prayers and sympathy.    Ronda (Smith)Hisle and Gary Smith



#10 from: Peg Gray & Jerry Weaver
Marysville
Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 3:37 PM

To Bev & Merrill,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I just wanted to let you know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead.
May God bless you with His peace and comfort.
Love
Peg Gray



#11 from: Debra S.Webb-Shelton
of Marion, OHIO
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 8:27 AM

Randy...sending condolences your way on the passing of your father....may memories of fun family times together console you in the days ahead...thinking of you.



#12 from: Dan fryman
Richwood.ohio
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 6:58 PM

Hey randy , I've thougth about you all week and what a good freind you have been to my family, I was sorry to hear about your dad   Dan




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