Just before we went back to Pennsylvania for our class, Chris’s grandfather passed away. I am so grateful to have known such a wonderful man and family patriarch. I am struggling to put into words a character trait that I really admired about Mr. Jenkin. He was easy to know. His likes and dislikes were plain, and integral to his personality. It is easy to identify a piece of music, sermon, or an historical story that he would have enjoyed. I really value that, because it also means that his integrity and character were plain.
Here is a testimony of his character and how loved he was. The pastor of the church he attended for many years took a lot of items that had belonged to him. Things like mugs, twede jackets, pictures he had hung on his walls were all collected and taken back to the Church on the Vale. The pastor said that people were eager to have anything that reminded them of Vernon; especially children in whom he had invested. He was a like a superhero to these friends!
Here is the obituary:
F. G. Vernon Jenkin
Services for F. G. Vernon Jenkin, 91, of Willoughby, will be 11 AM Saturday, June 9, 2012 at The Little Church in the Vale, 610 Chagrin River Road, Gates Mills. The Rev. Robert Sandham will officiate at the service.
Mr. Jenkin passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at the Nason Center of Breckenridge Village in Willoughby.
Born April 16, 1921 in Cleveland, he was a longtime Lyndhurst resident before moving to Breckenridge Village in Willoughby.
He was a World War II Army Air Corp veteran and a member of The Little Church in the Vale. He was a former member of Cedar Hill Baptist Church where he served on the Board of Deacons and sang in the Church choir; he also directed several Church music productions.
Mr. Jenkin was employed as a plant engineer and purchasing agent at Reliance Electric for 15 years and later as a property manager for Ostendorf-Morris Company. He also did home renovation work after his retirement
Survivors are his daughters, Donna L. (Richard) Duryee of Seattle, WA, Patricia E. (Michael) Coffman of Shawnee Mission, KS and Holly C. (Keith) Davis of Cincinnati; grandchildren, Christopher (Rosalie) Duryee and Jonathon (Siri) Duryee; Benjamin (Jessica) Coffman and Cara (Ethan) Simmons and Cassie Davis; great grandchildren, Ryan, Susanna and Emaline.
His wife of 57 years, Lillian R. (Trostle) Jenkin passed away May 9, 2003. His parents, Francis Stephen and Elizabeth (Mehaffey) Jenkin and sister, Betty Olson are also deceased.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Friday, June 8, 2012 at Davis-Babcock Funeral Home, 4154 Clark Avenue, Willoughby. Graveside services and interment will be at 1 PM Monday, June 11, 2012 at Grandview Cemetery in Johnstown, PA.
In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to The Little Church in the Vale, 610 Chagrin River Road, Gates Mills, OH 44040.