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Arthur W. Jenkins, Sr.

March 2, 1928 November 15, 2018
Arthur W.  Jenkins, Sr.
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Obituary for Arthur W. Jenkins, Sr.

Peoria – Arthur William Jenkins, Sr., 90, of Peoria passed away at 10:42 PM, Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Unity Point Proctor Hospital.

Arthur was born on March 2, 1928, in Peoria to the late Arthur and Anna M. (Schmidt) Jenkins. He married Roberta M. Roth on September 17, 1949 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Peoria. She preceded him in death on November 10, 2015.

He is survived by their four children, Arthur Jenkins Jr. of Los Angeles, Maribeth Jenkins of Milton, WV and Terri Davis and Bobbie Brown both of Peoria, seven grandchildren, Lauren, Ava, Betsy, Toni, Matt, Lindsey and Becky and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Steven Jenkins and two sisters, Phyllis Keyser and Mary Ripp.

Arthur attended St. Boniface Catholic School where he met the love of his life in first grade, was also a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church for many years and volunteered for many years. He was a member of the St. Boniface Men’s Club and played on their dart ball club. He attended Manual Training Academy and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1946 and was honorably discharged in 1948. He served on the USS Tarawa in the South Pacific and was based in San Diego. He and Roberta later joined St. Philomena Catholic Church and attended many events held throughout their years there.

Arthur was extremely handy, always repairing things at home and at St. Boniface Church. He attended countless basketball games his sons played, both in grade and high school and enjoyed getting to see them play at annual back to back state tournaments.

He retired at age 62 from Steamfitters Local Union #353 and earlier this month received his 70 year membership pin at the union meeting. After his retirement in March 1990, he began volunteering with Peoria’s Heart of Illinois Harvest program just after it was started and continued for 22 years, even picking up donations from local stores in his own car and delivering them to several organizations in the Peoria area. Art was invaluable to his daughters helping with home repairs.

Arthur followed many Chicago pro-sports teams, but the Cubs were by far his favorite. He attended a game with his daughters in September 2016 at Wrigley Field and was thrilled when they won the World Series in October that year.

He also traveled to Washington, DC in June 2016 with his youngest daughter and many other veterans as part of the Greater Peoria Honor Flights organization and attended the breakfasts sponsored by them each November for three years after, the most recent being November 3, 2018.

Thank you does not even begin to convey our appreciation for the staff at Liberty Village of Peoria at Hawthorne Inn and especially Jenny, Bethany, Monica and Raven.

A Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, November 24, 2018 at St. Philomena Catholic Church. Father David Richardson will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 PM Friday, November 23, 2018 at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. An additional visitation will be at the church for 30 minutes before Mass. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Peoria.

Donations may be made to St. Philomena Catholic Church for Memorials or Masses in his memory or to the Heart of Illinois Harvest in Peoria.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences to www.wrightandsalmon.com

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

23

Nov

4:00 PM 11/23/2018 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 11/23/2018 6:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Visitation

Saturday

24

Nov

9:30 AM 11/24/2018 9:30:00 AM - 10:00 AM 11/24/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Saturday

24

Nov

10:00 AM 11/24/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

St. Philomena Catholic Church
1000 W. Albany Ave Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Philomena Catholic Church

1000 W. Albany Ave
Peoria, IL 61604

Heart of Illinois Harvest

2606 W Altorfer Dr,
Peoria, IL 61615
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