Jesse Jenks

Jesse Raymond "J.R." Jenks

Saturday, July 21st, 1928 - Thursday, July 25th, 2019
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J.R. Jenks, age 91, of Sidney, NE, peacefully passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Sidney Regional Medical Center.
Jesse Raymond Jenks, Jr., was born to Jesse and Ruby Kathleen (Wooden) Jenks on July 21, 1928 in Dawn, MO. He attended school through grade 8. Following his education, he moved to Sidney. He married Patricia Moore on February 18, 1950 and to their union was born five children, Susan, Ruby Ann, William, Raymond and Patrick. He operated S.A. Moore Sand and Gravel business for several years. He then worked various positions with the City of Sidney prior to becoming a police officer. He retired as a police lieutenant after 26 years of service. J.R. enjoyed woodworking, he could build anything out of a little bit of nothing. He was a fisherman. Life was right with a cup of coffee and a western on TV. He loved spending time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. If anyone needed anything he would find a way so they could have it, even if it meant going without himself. He had a million things to say and only used a handful of words. His eyes did the talking.
J.R. will be missed by: Ruby Ann (Jenks) Chryst of Sidney and her children Tommie Chryst, Jr., Genoa, NE (Catherine Chryst, Trigger and Rogan of Cheyenne, WY, Clayton Chryst of Broken Bow, Ne) and Sarah (Justin) Sybrant (Morgan and Kayla) of Bassett NE; Raymond (Patricia) Jenks of Sidney, Patrick Jenks and his daughters Jessica and Tiffany Jenks of Sidney; daughter-in-law Betsy Jenks of Sidney and her son Kristopher (Lindsay) Jenks (William) of Rushville, NE; son-in-law Craig Bruner, Sr. of Show Low, AZ and his children Craig (Desirae) Bruner, Jr. (Jenessa) of Sidney and Daniel (Jeannine) Bruner (Natalee, Owen, Harper, and Jude) and many extended family members and friends.
He will be having a reunion with: his parents, Jesse and Ruby Kathleen; wife Patricia; siblings, John and Charles Jenks, Mary Lou (Jenks) Kies; daughter Susan (Jenks) Bruner; son William Jenks; and three grandchildren, Billy Ray Jenks and Eric and Joe Dickinson, who passed before him and several relatives and acquaintances.
Memorial services will be 2:30 p.m., Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel in Sidney with Pastor Pete Morgan officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. A cremation has been done. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Thursday until 7:00 p.m. to sign J.R.'s register book and drop off condolences for the family.
Memorial contributions may be made in J.R.'s name to the Sidney United Methodist Church with Care Share in the memo line. You may view J.R.'s Book of Memories, share stories, photos, and condolences at
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of J.R.'s care and funeral arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 | 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 1:00pm - 7:00pm
    Gehrig-Stitt Chapel
    1140 10th Avenue
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Friday, August 2nd, 2019 2:30pm
    Gehrig-Stitt Chapel
    1140 10th Avenue
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Pete Morgan


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