Memorial services for Robert L. Jenkins, 83, of Lakeland, Florida and formerly of Viola and Moline, Illinois, will be Saturday, February 2, 2013, 2 P.M., at Speer Funeral Home, Aledo, Illinois. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #121. Visitation is Friday from 4 to 8 P.M., at the funeral home. Private burial will be at the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Memorials may be made, in Robert’s name, for the Good Shepherd Hospice of Florida or SPCA.
Robert died Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, Florida with his “girls” by his side.
Robert was born December 3, 1929 in Rock Island, Illinois to Cecil and Margaret Lafevre Jenkins. He graduated from Alleman High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving from 1947 to 1956. Robert married E. Maribel Moreland on July 1, 1962 in rural Viola, Illinois.
Robert retired as a distribution manager for Lucky Stores, Inc., Midwest Division, in 1988. After retirement, he was State Director for AARP in Florida . He also was a published freelance writer. Robert loved animals, especially his canine companions. He was a member of the Moline VFW, The American Legion and the Lakeland Presbyterian Church.
Those left to cherish Robert’s memory include his wife of 50 years, Maribel; daughters and spouses, Loretta and Darrell Thirtyacre of Bloomington, Illinois and Rhonda and John King of Medina; brother, sisters and spouses, Douglas and Lois Jenkins of Fenton, Missouri; Deanna and James Moore of Knoxville, Illinois; Arlene and William “Bud” Walthall of Seaton, Illinois and Carol and Ronald George of The Villages, Florida; sisters-in-law, Joan Jenkins, Viola; Saku Jenkins, Belleville, Illinois and Dorothy Jenkins of Riverdale, Iowa; brother-in-law, Bradley Waugh, Neponset, Illinois; grandchildren, Kirk Thirtyacre and his special friend, Laura, Kelsie Thirtyacre, Benjamin King and fiancee, Valerie, and Abigail King; and three great-grandchildren, Emoree, Abram and Eli Thirtyacre.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Edward, Richard and Raymond; and a sister in infancy, Cecilia.
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