Von Devere Jenkins, 96, of Lady Lake, FL, formerly of Elida, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2016, at Lexington Park Assisted Living Facility under the care of Cornerstone Hospice in Lady Lake, FL. He was born January 6, 1920, in Belle Center, the fifth of nine children to Carl C. and Eva (Starrett) Jenkins. Both preceded him in death. He grew up in Logan County and moved to Springfield when he left the home. There he met Mary E. Tabor to whom he was united in marriage on June 11, 1938; she preceded him in death on July 13, 2002. He was also preceded in death by one young daughter, Nancy Faye, and two granddaughters, Gretchen Elizabeth Jenkins and Liza Anne Sackinger.
He is survived by three sons, Jerry E. (Frances) Jenkins of Lady Lake, FL, Dr. Michael A. (Theresa) Jenkins of Sylvania and Brian V. (Juliana) Jenkins of Lima; a daughter, Susan D. (James) Peed of Bumpass, VA; 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Ronald Jenkins, West Mansfield, and sisters: Carol Potter, Bellefontaine; Phyllis Rees, Sarasota, Florida; and Virginia Smith, New Braunfels, Texas.
Mr. Jenkins enjoyed a long career in the US Army and the Ohio National Guard retiring from the guard at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1976. During his service years he was a training instructor in WWII. He trained soldiers for National Guard call-ups for the Korean and the Viet Nam wars. He stood duty on campus during the Kent State University riots. In addition, Mr. Jenkins served American Township for many years as a Township Constable.
Funeral services will begin on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. with viewing one hour prior to the service at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Reverend Tom Brown will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Elida. Friends may call on Monday, August 8, 2016, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Army Historical Foundation National Museum United States Army, 2425 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201.