Ronald R. Jenkins, 86, of Mitchell, SD, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2020 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.
A private family service will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 10:30 AM and can be viewed at: https://livestream.com/mitchell-fumc
Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Ronald Richard Jenkins was born on January 19, 1934 in Early, Iowa to William Boyd Jenkins and Genevieve LaVerne (Hinde) Jenkins. He grew up and attended school in Early, Iowa. He attended college at the University of South Dakota, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He later served as president of their housing association. He was also a member of the Coyote baseball team. Ron met Eleanor Toft at USD and the couple married on July 28, 1956, in Mitchell, SD. Ron and Eleanor lived in Germany while Ron served in the US Army from 1956 to 1957.
Ron worked at McCook County National Bank in Salem. The couple moved to Mitchell in 1962 and Ron started working at Commercial Trust and Savings Bank as a Teller and eventually worked his way up to President, retiring in 1985. He then worked at Farmers and Merchants Bank in Huron and Yankton. When Ron moved back to Mitchell, he worked at Boyd Financial Services for 10 years.
He was an active member of the Mitchell First United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed singing in the church choir and attending Sunday School classes. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Rotary Club, Masonic Temple, Davison County Republicans, and Mitchell Jaycees. Ron served on the Methodist Hospital Board, Board of Trustees of Dakota Wesleyan University, Oscar Howe Art Center, Middle Border Museum, and on the State Library Board under Governor Farrar.
Ron enjoyed an active retirement; spending time at his cabin in the Black Hills in the summer, and enjoying nicer weather in Florida during the winter. Ron and Eleanor enjoyed serving cookies and refreshments every fall to the Mickelson Trail Trek riders in front of their cabin for over 20 years. His hobbies included duck and pheasant hunting, fishing, golfing, racquetball, and bike riding. He enjoyed many years of summer fishing trips to Keefe Lake in Canada. He was always in for a game of cribbage and enjoyed keeping his mind active with puzzles and crosswords.
Ron and Eleanor showed hospitality to friends, family, and acquaintances throughout their married life. Ron's greatest joy was spending time with his family and creating great memories with his children and grandchildren.
Ron is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eleanor Jenkins, Mitchell; three daughters, Julie (Joe) Lichter, McKinney, TX, Nancy (Todd) Boyd, Mitchell, and Susan (Jim) Fitzgibbons, Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren, Laura (Dustin) Kerschner, Oconomowoc, WI, Emily Lichter, Lincoln, NE, David Lichter, Chicago, IL, Andrew (Kyla) Boyd, Sioux Falls, Ryan (Erika) Boyd, Mitchell, Spencer Boyd (Anna Keefe), Mitchell, and Frank, Jack, and Maggie Fitzgibbons, all of Sioux Falls; three great-grandchildren, Brooklynn and Mitchell Kerschner, and Cooper Boyd. He was blessed with a very close extended family, including numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, LaVerne Jenkins Geisinger and William Jenkins; brother, William “Bill” Jenkins; sister, Patricia Petrilla; and stepfather, Gilbert Geisinger.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Downtown Mitchell First United Methodist Church or Dakota Wesleyan University.