Robert M. Jenkins

robert jenkins
Robert Malcom Jenkins, 86, of 790 Sand Hill Road, Asheville, died Saturday, January 15, 2005, at his home. Col. Jenkins was a native of Polk Co., Iowa and was a son of the late Forrest and Blanche Bonifield Jenkins. He was a retired Colonel with the US Marine Corps having served 26 years which spanned WW II, Korea and Vietnam. A resident of Asheville since 1979, Mr. Jenkins contributed unselfishly to the community through his volunteer work with the Red Cross, VA Hospital, Civitan, Asheville Police Department, Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, and the Retired Officers Association. He also read on the radio to the sight impaired through the Regional Audio Information Service. He is survived by his wife Mary Frances Tietge Jenkins; one daughter Nancy Billingham and her husband James of DesPeres, MO; one son Steve Jenkins and his wife Linda of Cedar Rapids, IA; one sister Dorothy Ely and her husband Larry of DesMoines, IA, 10; grandchildren, Amy, Kimberly, Lindsay, Joshua, Jesse, Nathan, Robert, Ryan, Justin and Daniel; one great-grandson Caleb; two step-daughters, Paula Garber of Sterling, VA and Margie Lindeman and her husband Bill of Frederick, MD; and one step-son Timothy Field and his wife Michelle of Dumfries, VA. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Forest Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Tim Meredith officiating. His family will receive friends following the serice. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Oak Forest Presbyterian Church, 880 Sand Hill Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. Jim and I extend our condolences and prayers. We both had great respect and love for Bob. He was so much a gentleman and so very kind and giving. We will miss him dearly. We love you Mary Frances.

  2. The death of dear Bob has brought a deep sadness to all who knew him.
    Having sung with him in the choir at First Presbyterian Church in Asheville for 14 years was a real privilege. He was always the perfect gentlemen and dedicated to whatever kind of work or play he engaged himself in. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Mary Frances, we are so sorry.

  3. Dear Mary Frances and family:

    I am a member of the same choir Bob was in at First Presbyterian Church in Asheville. My deepest condolences to you all in the loss of a wonderful, caring man. I am glad to have been acquainted with him and will miss his presence in our choir.

    Yours truly,

    Gail Ward

  4. Steve sorry to hear about your dad,from my family to yours,our deepest sympathy.If you need anything let me know,319-721-4726.God Bless you and your family. Gayne Darrow

  5. Steve, Linda and Family,
    Sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Norm, Carol & Family

  6. Dear Mrs.Jenkins,
    Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.Mr Jenkins was very dear to us at Red Cross and we will always remember how much he gave of himself.

  7. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Jenkins and the family on their loss. I am a Lieutenant in Criminal Investigations with the Asheville Police Deprtment and I am sorely going to miss seeing the Colonel doing his volunteer work here. The things I remember best about him are his courtesy, faithfulness, and character. He was always pleasant. I admired him a great deal for his commitment to right and integrity. He died as he lived, quietly. Although I truly believe that he is now experiencing a grace and joy that we cannot comprehend, I only know that this world is a much poorer place without him. I will miss him very much.

  8. Dear Mary Frances,
    Bob touched the hearts and lives of so very many people — the caring and sweet gentleman that he was. I will miss him dearly but will cherish the memories of our times together on the tennis courts long ago as well as singing in the choir at First Presbyterian Church. I pray that you and your family will soon find peace and comfort, knowing that Bob has, indeed, found his Eternal Rest.
    Mary Raine

  9. I am onee of the nurses at Asheville Urological Associates ( Dr.Yarborough) & have known Mr.Jenkins for about 13 yrs. I will always remember his smile and will miss comparing notes about the gladiolas he and I both loved to raise. It was always a bright spot in our day when he brought some of his in for the office to enjoy. I hope the good memories you have of him will help to get you through the grieving process and that you find yourself smiling with the memories of such a wonderful gentleman .

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