Gerald L Jenkins Jr

Born: Thu., Nov. 1, 1956
Died: Mon., Jul. 24, 2017


1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Thu., Jul. 27, 2017
Location: Reichard Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Thu., Jul. 27, 2017
Location: Reichard Funeral Home

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UNION CITY, IN ---- Gerald L. Jenkins Jr., 60, passed away Monday July 24th, 2017 at his residence.  He was born November 1st, 1956 in St. Mary's, OH, son of the late Gerald L. and Edna (Taylor) Jenkins Sr.
Gerald worked at Cal-Maine for 27 years, was a U.S. Army Veteran, member of VFW Post #158, and also the Greenville Baptist Temple.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Marilyn (Pertible) Jenkins; numerous close friends also survive.
Visitation is 1-2 p.m. Thursday July 27th, 2017 at the Reichard Funeral Home Inc., 400 W. Deerfield Rd., Union City, IN. Funeral services are at 2:00 p.m. Thursday also at the funeral home with the Rev. Daniel Berdine officiating. Burial will follow in the Snell Cemetery, Union City, OH.
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carmen kingrey
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Mary, please accept my heartfelt sympathy and prayers for you regarding Buddy's passing! Please take note that he's not in pain anymore and he's taking care of by our God Almighty! May he rests in peace! Take care!

Elizabeth Gates
   Posted Mon July 24, 2017
Kuya Buddy and I used to talk about his cats. He loved animals, because he said that they had no hate in them. Meanwhile, I don’t think I’ve ever met another person who had so little hate and so much goodness in his heart as he did.

Life dealt him an exceptionally tough hand and for the last few years, he’s been in a lot of pain. And yet, if he could appear before us today, and see the looks on all of our faces, I know what he would say because it was the same thing he said to me when he told me about his cancer diagnosis: “Don’t cry. Don’t be sad.” He would try to alleviate our suffering rather than focus on himself because that’s the kind of man he was.

He believed it was his time to go. I don’t know if I do. Can the world ever really afford to lose someone who cared so deeply for his wife, for his pets, who tried to make the most out of every last minute he was given? A man who could talk to anybody about anything with intelligence and compassion? And now that we have lost him, will the world ever be the same? I know mine won’t.

There were so many times when we would talk and I would get the sense that he believed in me stronger than I believed in myself—and now, looking into the future, at years and decades without him, I already know how much harder those moments of self-doubt will be.

Our best consolation has to be that he’s in a place where he’s no longer hurting—and to know that the hurt we feel, as difficult as it is to bear, comes from having loved him to the best of our ability.

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