|Harland E. Jenks, 96, of Oswego, passed away at 7:45 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2012 at Bickford Senior Living in Oswego. He was formerly of Pekin.
Born October 4, 1915 in Warren County to John Clifford and Ada Ruth (Bruyn) Jenks, he married Dorothy M. Curtis on November 23, 1939 in Cameron. She died May 10, 1996 in Pekin. He also was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Harland Curtis Jenks on September 22, 2008 in Aurora and three brothers, Kenneth B. Jenks, John C. Jenks and Loren H. Jenks.
Surviving are one son, Rev. Roger N. (Michelle) Jenks of Oswego; five grandchildren, Shelley Jenks of Carol Stream, Angela (Adam) Arnold of Lake Villa, Bradley (Sarah) Jenks of Chicago, Amber Jenks of Wheaton and McClaren Chesser of Oswego; two great-grandchildren, Emily Arnold and Ryan Arnold; three brothers, Robert R. Jenks of Palo Alto, CA, Russell D. (Elva) Jenks of Monmouth and Lynn C. (Margaret) Jenks of Sonoma, CA and one sister, Alice C. Hainline of Naples.
Harland retired from Caterpillar, Inc. on February 1, 1978 with 40 years of service, last working as a tool engineer. He worked for Caterpillar in Central Illinois, Aurora, Glasgow, Scotland and in Lancaster, England.
Harland was a longstanding member of First Christian Church in Pekin, where he had served the church as a Deacon, Elder and Trustee. He also was a former member and past chairman of the Church Board. He was a former choir member and a past member of the Christian Men's Fellowship at the church. Upon moving to Oswego, Harland attended Grace Community Christian Church in Aurora, where his son serves as Pastor.
An active community member, Harland was a former board member of the Tazewell County Resource Center; the Tri-County Workshop Board for the Handicapped and Pekin Friends of the Library Board. He was a member and former board member of the Kiwanis Club of Pekin since 1978. Harland was a former Scoutmaster of Troop 65, which was sponsored by his church. He also showed his concern for others by transporting Pekin cancer patients to Peoria for treatment for several years following retirement. He also served as a volunteer escort at Pekin Hospital. In 1984, he was awarded the Pekin Community Distinguished Service Award by the Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce.
His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church in Pekin. The Rev. Michael K. Roberts and Rev. Roger N. Jenks, his son, will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the funeral at the church on Friday. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Warren County Memorial Park in Monmouth. Arrangements are by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 1201 Chestnut Street, Pekin, IL 61554; Grace Community Christian Church, 2770 Montgomery Road, Aurora, IL 60504; Pekin Public Library for the Adult Endowment Fund, 301 South 4th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or to the Kiwanis Club of Pekin, in care of Chris Schwartz, 133 North Parkway Drive, Pekin, IL 61554.
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