Ignacio resident Robert Edward Jenkinson died at his home on Saturday, July 18, 2009. He was 83.
Mr. Jenkinson was born to Robert Emmet and Sarah Margaret (Wenzell) Jenkinson in Lancaster, Ohio, on Jan. 4, 1926.
He served in the Navy from 1946 to 1948.
On Sept. 17, 1949, he married Bonita Mary Cabry in Franklin County, Ohio.
Mr. Jenkinson earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from
Ohio State University in 1953. He lectured in physics at LaSalle
College from 1954 to 1957.
He was a physicist in tactical systems at Hughes Aircraft Co. in Culver
City, Calif., from 1957 until his retirement in 1973. After his
retirement, Mr. Jenkinson moved his family to Ignacio.
Mr. Jenkinson was a member of the American Physical Society, Tau Kappa Ipsilon, Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Pi Sigma.
He served on the board of directors of the Southeastern La Plata County
Planning Commission. He enjoyed spending time with his family, camping,reading, doing photography and trying different foods.
Mr. Jenkinson is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Bonita
Jenkinson, of Ignacio; son, Michael Scott Jenkinson, of Ignacio; four
grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
An open house celebrating his life will be held from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2009, at 543 County Road 312 in Ignacio.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American
Cancer Society, 1800 East Third Ave., Suite 101, Durango, CO 81301.