Francis E. Jenkins

Francis E. Jenkins, 95, of Orr St., Jamestown, passed away at 7:13 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in his home.

A lifelong area resident, he was born Dec. 14, 1923, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of the late Frank and Grace Kerr Jenkins.

He was a 1941 graduate of Falconer Central School and earned his bachelor’s and his master’s degree from the University of Michigan with a degree in civil engineering. He also did graduate work at the University of Buffalo.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from March 3, 1943 to Sept. 28, 1945, during World War II.

Before his retirement in 1995, he was employed as a civil engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation, working with the bridge division. He also owned and operated his own land surveying business for several years and in earlier years had worked for Ludwig Construction. He was also one of the first professors at Jamestown Community College where he taught civil engineering.

Being a licensed land surveyor in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and South Carolina, he worked on many major construction projects throughout the east coast including the Southern Tier Expressway and the Chautauqua Lake Bridge.

Francis was a member of the Busti Fire Department, the Torch Club, the New York State Society of Civil Engineers and his group of friends called the EFG Club. He also enjoyed golfing, skiing, camping, sailing and traveling with his wife.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Phyllis Danielson Jenkins, whom he married July 2, 1955; his three children: Susan (Steve) Arnold of Jamestown, Lynne (Timothy) McGivern of Honolulu, Hawaii and William (Christine) Jenkins of Youngsville, Pa.; five grandchildren: Ashley Nelson of Sugar Grove, Pa., Amanda (Bryan) Braley of Kennedy, N.Y., Andrew Jenkins of Busti, N.Y., William McGivern of Los Angeles, Calif., and Daniel McGivern of Honolulu; two step-grandchildren; Cierra (Christopher) Greenawalt and Skyla Ohl; and four great-grandchildren: Hunter Braley, Patrick Braley, Carson Braley and Deirdre Nelson.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Irene J. Schwan, who died March 14, 2018.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, in the Lind Funeral Home. Pastor Gordon Robbins, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Falconer will officiate. Burial will be in the Sunset Hill Cemetery.

Friends will be received from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, 413 N. Main St., Jamestown, NY 14701 or Busti Fire Department, 886 Mill Road, Jamestown, NY 14701 or Chautauqua County Hospice and Palliative Care, 20 W. Fairmount Ave. Lakewood, NY 14750.

You may leave words of condolence to Francis’s family at www.lindfuneral home.com/