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Michael Steven Jenkins, 54, went to the Lord Sept. 30, 2013, losing his fight with cancer.
Michael was born in Euclid, Ohio, Feb. 19, 1959. He grew up in Charleston, W. Va., then, as a teenager, went to Houston, Texas.
He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served as a boatswain's mate. He was stationed in Hawaii and went on two West Pack Tours. He shared those stories of Australia, Korea, the Philippines and some of the ports along the way. Initiation ceremonies for crossing the equator was a favorite and he even had pictures. He finished his term at Coos Head Naval Station in Charleston, Ore.
Michael worked in the Delmar-Kinross Mine out of Jordan Valley, Ore., and lived there until 1993. But when he needed a family re-connection, he went back to West Virginia, staying there until the death of his father, Leo Earnest "Bus" Jenkins. He next went back to mining, this time in Lovelock, Nev. Because he loved Oregon, he returned in 1997, this time to Klamath Falls. He worked for Norm Sevey Well Drilling, then the city of Chiloquin until his cancer forced his disability.
He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, mechanic work and welding with his step-son Gary Ussing, and creating metal art and woodworking gifts for the yearly bazaar in Burns, Ore. But music, dancing and making family memories were his life mission.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Mau,pin Jenkins of Chiloquin; daughter, Staci and son-in-law Jason Brown of Vacaville, Calif.; son, Michael and daughter-in-law, Lacie Jenkins of Independence, Ore.; a happy dozen grandchildren in Alaska, Oregon and California; older sister, Diane Sue Thomas of Houston; nephew, Isaac Jenkins of his deceased brother, Jr. also of Houston; younger sisters, Beverly Leone of Melbourne, Fla., and Kathy Whiting and family of Charleston, W. Va.; and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
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Published in Herald And News on Oct. 11, 2013