William R. Jencks

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MANCHESTER -- William Robert "Bob" Jencks, 69, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2010 at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester of massive heart failure.

He was born July 15, 1941, in Columbus, Ohio, son of William Baldwin Jencks and Lena Louise Adcock Jencks. He grew up in Columbus and on his family farm near Galesburg, Ill. He completed his undergraduate degree at Miami University in Ohio, where he was an outstanding football player.

Bob was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 1963 National Football League draft as a kicker and end. That year the Bears won the NFL championship. In 1965 he played for the Washington Redskins.

In 1968 he married Scotti Ann Miller. He went on to earn a doctorate in geography from Indiana State University and moved with his wife and two daughters to Merrimack when he became a professor at St. Anselm College in Manchester.

IN HIS LIFE: In 1978 he and his young family settled into a beautiful 21 acre farm in New Boston that he and Scotti named Pine Echo Farm. Bob, forever a true Midwestern farm boy, stopped teaching after a few years with St. Anselm and began operating Pine Echo farm full-time.

Pine Echo Farm raised local pigs, beef cows and chickens, but Bob's true pride and passion was his team of Belgian work horses with which he logged, gave hay and sleigh rides, and proudly pulled the Molly Stark cannon in the New Boston Fourth of July parade.

Bob was an extremely proud and devoted father and grandfather. He never missed a daughters' sports game or theatre performance. Although he and Scotti divorced in 1984, Bob remained in the area to be a part of his daughters' lives and continued to be a well worn and loved thread in the fabric of the New Boston community. It has been said that Bob Jencks was one of the best known personalities in New Boston. Most people in the community knew Bob for the good service and conversation he provided them at Daniel's garage in New Boston or for his evening reign over at Ollie's restaurant in Pinardville. He always had a good smile and joke for the young ones and of course a biscuit for the dogs.

For the past 20 years Bob lived in Manchester's West Side with his longtime companion, Mimi Dalton. Bob is survived by his younger sister, Elizabeth Rott; his two daughters, Devon Louise Jencks and Kary Nealle Jencks (Sagna); his two grandsons William Sagna and Jacob Sagna; and his niece Maria Theresa Rott MacBean.

SERVICES: A memorial service will be held Sunday at New Boston Community Church. The service will start at 5 p.m. with a reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the food bank at the New Boston Community Church or to New Boston Parks and Recreation.

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