Military veteran

Donald Lee Jenkins, 48, son of James Perry and Faye (Fair) Jenkins, was born Oct. 2, 1962, in Houston, Mo. He passed away April 28, 2011, in Houston, Mo.

Donnie was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Larry Jenkins.

Donnie married Kelly Hutsell in 1983 and they later divorced.

He grew up in Houston, Mo., and graduated from Houston High School. Donnie entered the United States Army National Guard in 1986. He completed basic combat training as a combat engineer at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He entered active duty service June 24, 1988; deploying to combat service in support of Operation Desert Storm with the 1st Infantry division (Big Red One) from Fort Riley, Kan. Donnie served three years of overseas service in Germany. Sgt. Jenkins later changed his military occupation skill to Military Police serving at Fort McClellan, Ala., and Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. Sgt. Jenkins honorably served his country for 13 years and 10 months.

Jenkins was awarded two Army Commendation medals; two Army Achievement medals; two Good Conduct medals; the Army Service medal, the National Defense Service medal; two Overseas Service ribbons; Kuwait Liberation medal, Southwest Asia Service medal with three Bronze Stars; Driver’s badge and Valorous Unit Award for combat operations in support of Operation Desert Storm.

After Donnie’s military career, he worked on the railroad for 13 years and later was employed with Dairy Farmers of America.

He loved to go turkey and deer hunting and fishing. Donnie especially enjoyed taking his grandson Tre’ fishing. He also loved spending time with his family and friends. Donnie also tried to help and take care of everyone of them.

Donnie is survived by his daughter, Wayneth Aldridge and grandson, Tre’ Bolden of Houston, Mo.; three brothers, Richard Jenkins of Houston, Mo., Russell Deck, Jr. of Houston, Mo., and Louis Twinn Jr. and his wife, Mary; four sisters, Darlene Neugebauer of Houston, Mo., Carolyn Poag and husband, Mark, of Springfield, Mo., Betty Hoots and husband, Larry, of Villa Ridge, Mo., and Debbie Branson and husband, Monte, of Tonkawa, Okla.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Services were 11 a.m. Tuesday May 3, 2011, at Evans Funeral Home with Dr. Terry Snelling officiating. Pallbearers were Chris Venable, Matt Branson, Nathan Scott, Rhett Drake, Doug James and Ken Richar. Honorary pallbearers were Dee Aldridge and Wayne Spratt.

Burial with full military honors followed at Pine Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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