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Charles E. Jenkins

Published: Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 3:52 p.m. CDT

Mr. Charles E. Jenkins, 74, of Morris, Ill., passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at his home.

Born Aug. 13, 1938 in Vienna, Ill., he was the son of Gail and Velma (Lingle) Jenkins. He received his education at No. 9 School and Vienna High School.

Charles married his first wife, the late Patricia E. Small, on Oct. 17, at the Park Street Congregational Church in Mazon. He married his second wife, Connie A. Brue, on June 16, 1979, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Morris.

Retired from Aurora Caterpillar, he was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and Chicago Beagle Club. He was an avid gardener, sportsman, and enjoyed bowling and spending time around the campfire with friends and family.

Surviving are his wife, Connie; sons Mike (Karla) Jenkins and Patrick Jenkins, both of Morris; daughter Terri (Kevin) MacDonald of Vienna; stepson Michael (Michalene) Crowley of Morris; brother Frank (Diana) Jenkins of Morris; sister Faye (George) of South Carolina; grandchildren Brandon, Kendra and Kailey Jenkins, Josh Berkland, Tricia (Cyle) Johns and Tasha Ross; step-grandchildren Tyler, Brittnay and Madeline Crowley, Amber (Brandon) Lamore and Melissa Lessard; great-grandchildren Jayden John and Brylee Cox; and step great-grandchildren Hayleigh John and Skyler and Lucas Lamore.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Patricia, on May 19, 1977; and stepfather Gifford Moore.

A memorial service for Charles E. Jenkins will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at Grace Lutheran Church, with Pastor Steven Heilmann officiating. Private inurnment to take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice or Grace Lutheran Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 1201 West U.S. 6, at Deerpath Drive, Morris. For additional information, call the funeral home at (815) 942-5040 or log onto www.fredcdames.com.

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