Robert Jenkins


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Posted Online: Jan. 29, 2013, 6:34 pm
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Memorial services for Robert L. Jenkins, 83, of Lakeland, Fla., and formerly of Viola and Moline, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Speer Funeral Home, Aledo. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 121. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Private burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials may be made in Robert's name for the Good Shepherd Hospice of Florida or SPCA.
Robert died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, Fla., with his "girls" by his side.
Robert was born on Dec. 3, 1929, in Rock Island, 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.
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, American Legion and Lakeland Presbyterian Church.
Those left to cherish Robert's memory include his wife of 50 years, Maribel; daughters and spouses, Loretta and Darrell Thirtyacre, Bloomington, Ill., and Rhonda and John King, Medina, Ohio; brother, sisters and spouses, Douglas and Lois Jenkins, Fenton, Mo., Deanna and James Moore, Knoxville, Ill., Arlene and William "Bud" Walthall, Seaton, and Carol and Ronald George, The Villages, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Joan Jenkins, Viola, Saku Jenkins, Belleville, Ill., and Dorothy Jenkins, Riverdale, Iowa; brother-in-law, Bradley Waugh, Neponset; 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.
This obituary may be viewed and condolences left at www.speerfuneralhome.com.












 




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