Richard W. Jenkins, a longtime resident of Trenton, Ill., died Friday evening, Oct. 4, 2013, surrounded by numerous friends and family members at St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, Ill., after a valiant battle with cancer. Rick was the loving husband of Joan O. Jenkins.
Born Oct. 2, 1947, in Scranton, he was the son of the late Richard W. and Enid B. (nee Buckingham) Jenkins; and he was also preceded in death by his father-in-law, Abraham Organ. He graduated from Blakely High School in 1965. After earning degrees from Keystone Junior College and Pennsylvania State University, he served his country for 20 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1992. In addition to his military career, Rick was a commercial airline pilot, flying for Ozark Airlines, TWA and American Airlines. He was also an aviation instructor at Southwestern Illinois College. He was a member of Trenton First United Methodist Church, as well as the Kingsbury Lodge 466 F&AM of Olyphant, and the Trenton Lodge 0109 F&AM of Trenton, Ill. He was also a member of VFW
Post 7983 and American Legion Post 778. He enjoyed being a volunteer driver for Western Clinton County Senior Services. Heavily involved with Scouting, Rick served as Pack 39 Cubmaster and Troop 39 assistant Scoutmaster. He was a member of Order of the Arrow and the Tribe of Manasseh and he was the very proud father of two Eagle Scouts.
Rick was a devoted and loving husband, father and brother and will be greatly missed. He was a strong, independent and generous man who was not afraid to take on any challenge. He was very active in the community and dedicated to any endeavor he undertook.
Also surviving are his wife, Joan (nee Organ) of Trenton, whom he married May 16, 1987, in Blakely, Pa.; his daughter, Megan (spouse Blossom) Coryat of New York, N.Y.; two sons, Richard W. of Endicott, N.Y.; and James M. of Trenton; his sister, Linda J. (spouse Ted) Oakey of Gaithersburg, Md.; his mother-in-law, Margaret Organ of Newfoundland, Canada; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be today, Oct. 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Trenton with Pastor Mike Rucker officiating. Interment with military honors will take place in Trenton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Trenton First United Methodist Church or
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