Francis E. Jenkins, 95, of Orr St., Jamestown, passed away at 7:13 am Sunday, October 6, 2019, in his home.
A lifelong area resident, he was born December 14, 1923, in Jamestown, NY, a son of the late Frank and Grace Kerr Jenkins.
He was a 1941 graduate of Falconer Central School and earned his bachelor’s and his master’s degree from the University of Michigan with a degree in civil engineering. He also did graduate work at the University of Buffalo.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from March 3, 1943September 28, 1945 during World War II.
Before his retirement in 1995, he was employed as a civil engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation, working with the bridge division. He also owned and operated his own land surveying business for several years and in earlier years had worked for Ludwig Construction. He was also one of the first professors at Jamestown Community College where he taught civil engineering. Being a licensed land surveyor in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina, he worked on many major construction projects throughout the east coast including the Southern Tier Expressway and the Chautauqua Lake Bridge.
Francis was a member of the Busti Fire Department, the Torch Club, the New York State Society of Civil Engineers and his group of friends called the EFG Club. He also enjoyed golfing, skiing, camping, sailing and traveling with his wife.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Phyllis Danielson Jenkins whom he married July 2, 1955, his three children; Susan (Steve) Arnold of Jamestown, Lynne (Timothy) McGivern of Honolulu, HI, William (Christine) Jenkins of Youngsville, PA, five grandchildren; Ashley Nelson of Sugar Grove, PA, Amanda (Bryan) Braley of Kennedy, NY, Andrew Jenkins of Busti, NY, William McGivern of Los Angeles, CA, Daniel McGivern of Honolulu, two stepgrandchildren; Cierra (Christopher) Greenawalt, Skyla Ohl, and four great grandchildren; Hunter Braley, Patrick Braley, Carson Braley, Deirdre Nelson.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Irene J. Schwan who died March 14, 2018.
The funeral will be held at 11:00 am Monday, October 14, 2019, in the Lind Funeral Home. Pastor Gordon Robbins, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Falconer will officiate. Burial will be in the Sunset Hill Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 57 pm Sunday, October 13, 2019, in the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, 413 North Main St. Jamestown, NY 14701, Busti Fire Department, 886 Mill Rd. Jamestown, NY 14701 or to Chautauqua County Hospice and Palliative Care, 20 West Fairmount Ave. Lakewood, NY 14750.
You may leave words of condolence to Francis’s family at lindfuneralhome.com.