Gerald Thomas Jenkins

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TUNKHANNOCK — Gerald Thomas Jenkins passed away suddenly on June 7, 2014.

He was born in 1939 on Russell Hill to George and Stella Winnie Jenkins.

Jerry spent much of his life on the family farm, always joking that because he was the youngest of 10 children he couldn't run away as fast as the rest. In addition to farming, Jerry also worked as a contractor and built many houses in Washington Township. He loved this town and the people in it, and often showed that by lending a hand wherever he could, especially when it came to children, whether they were his or not.

He was smart enough to debate challenging political theories, loudly and frequently and with great conviction and humor. He was funny enough to liven any party with his quick sense of humor and capability of remembering and reciting mischievous song lyrics. He was strong enough to work hard all his life, cheerfully, and to teach his children to try and match his energy and good temperament.

Most of all, he was kind enough to help anyone when they needed a hand; no questions, no judgments. He will be missed by many.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Carol Jenkins; son, James Jenkins; daughter, Jennifer Jenkins Douthett and Scott Douthett; daughter, Joy Jenkins; son, Gerald Jenkins Jr. and Jesse Jenkins; son, Dustin Jenkins and Samantha Bourbeau; grandchildren, Megan and Derek Snover, Thomas Jenkins, Cassidy Mercer, Emma Douthett, Jamie Jenkins, Bryson Evans, Carly Jenkins and Rory Jenkins; sister, Elizabeth Monsey; brother, Earl Jenkins and Jo Jenkins; brother, Jack Jenkins and Cathy Jenkins; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jerry was preceded in death by stepson, James Dickson; sisters, Margaret Claypoole, Jennie Bartron, Hazel Martinson and Kate Monsey; and brothers, James Jenkins and Kenneth Jenkins.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Memorial donations can be made to The Tunkhannock Moose Lodge, Wyoming County Humane Society, Russell Hill United Methodist Church and the Dietrich Theater.

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Sheldon - Kukuchka Funeral Home - Tunkhannock
73 West Tioga Street
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
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Published in Times Leader from June 10 to June 11, 2014