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Gary L. Jenkins


Gary Lee Jenkins was born on July 22, 1940 in Herington, Kansas and departed this life on August 21, 2023 at his home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, at the age of 83 years, 4 months and 11 days.

He was the son of Joe and Della Mae (Longhofer) Diehl.

Gary spent his younger years in Junction City, Kansas. He graduated high school in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in 1958.

On August 22, 1959 Gary was united in marriage with Ruth Ann Davidson in Junction City, Kansas. After their marriage they made their home in Abilene, Kansas for 6 years before moving to Gardner, Kansas where they lived until 2008 when they moved to Pleasant Hill, Missouri to make their home. Gary and Ruth were loving parents to three children, sons Russell and James, and daughter, Janie. His children loved and idolized their father and valued his guidance.

Gary was an auto mechanic for most of his life time. He worked for a Chevrolet dealership for a few years, then went for work for a Volvo dealership, retiring in 2010 from State Line Volvo. Gary could work on anything with an engine, not only cars, trucks, but literally anything that had any kind of motor, and he was good at it.

After his retirement, Gary and Ruth spent all their time together doing things they enjoyed. Gary’s family remembers how much he enjoyed fireworks on the 4th of July and how good he was at making homemade ice cream of all flavors. Family meant everything to Gary and he looked forward to his trips to Abilene, Kansas for family reunions.

Gary was a member of the NRA Golden Eagles and the Wounded Warrior Project.

In addition to his parents, Joe and Della Mae Diehl, Gary was preceded in death by sons, Russell Jenkins and James Jenkins; daughter, Janie Jenkins and brother, Kenlee Diehl.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Jenkins of the home; one sister, Linda Hanna and husband Charles of Gardner, Kansas, other relatives and many friends.

Cremation has been accorded.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 9, 2023 at the Wallace Funeral Home in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, with Rev. Tim Casteel officiating.



6 Messages

  • Charlene Givens Posted September 1, 2023 2:15 pm

    I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mt. Jenkins.

  • Stephen Soulis Posted September 4, 2023 6:32 pm

    I was fortunate enough to have worked with Gary for 18yrs @ Superior Volvo. Gary was one of the old school technicians that made up a small group of men dedicated to come to work each day to work not complain about the job. I am truly sorry for your family loss. I know the family and friends of Gary will miss his calm and direct approach to life and work . Thanks for all your hard work and friendship.

  • Mandy and Casey Davidson Posted September 5, 2023 8:03 am

    Rest in peace. Out thoughts and prayers are with Ruth and the family. You are with your kids again and I know you are smiling but from above

    • Gina Rodriguez Posted November 12, 2023 9:22 pm

      The Rodriguez Family is saddened to hear about the loss of Gary. He was an amazing man, and a wonderful husband to Ruth. Ruth and Gary are like Family to us, and we want to do anything we can to help Ruth. Please reach out if there is anything we can do.

    • Johnetta Berryman Posted November 13, 2023 6:15 am

      Just heard of the passing of Gray, my heart is deeply 💔. I work with Ruth for many years. I’m trying to locate her I would love to see her.

  • Joyce Bradshaw Posted September 5, 2023 2:23 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary’s family these days. RIP

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