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C. Wayne Jenkins, 95, formerly of South Whitley, died at 9:32 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at Engelwood Health and Rehabilitation, Fort Wayne.
He was born Sept. 3, 1915 in South Whitley, a son of Ralph and Hope (Keel) Jenkins. He spent his formative years in the Sidney area. He graduated from Sidney High School.
On Feb. 15, 1936, he was united in marriage to Lucile G. Freed. They made their home in Silver Lake for five years and Wabash County for six years before moving to Cleveland Township in 1947. Mrs. Jenkins died Feb. 6, 2008.
Involved in farming most of his work career, in 1952 he became a farm union organizer and in 1954 he started Jenkins Farm Supply. He became a real estate agent for Schrader Real Estate, Columbia City. After receiving his broker license, in 1979 he started Wayne Jenkins Real Estate specializing in farm sales. He was a member of Pleasant View Church of the Brethren and a nine-year board of directors member of the REMC.
Surviving relatives include a daughter, Wanda Lou (David) Wilson of South Whitley; a grandson, Brent (Leslie) Wilson; and two great-grandsons.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Mabel Freed, Mary Jean Rochette and Ruby Mishler and a grandson, Scott Wilson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. There will be a private burial at the South Whitley Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to Innovative Financial, c/o Alex and Cody educational fund. Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.