Gerald Lee Jenkins

06/24/1941 – 08/04/2019

Obituary for Gerald Lee Jenkins

Gerald Lee Jenkins, 78, of Sedalia, MO passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019 at Sylvia G. Thompson Residence Center in Sedalia. He was born on June 24, 1941 in Los Angeles, CA the son of Oscar E. and Maurine S. (Noonan) Jenkins, who preceded him in death.

Gerald graduated from North Kansas City MO High School in 1959 and the University of Central Missouri in 1963, with a B.S. in education. He later earned a Master’s Degree from Pittsburgh State University. He was an educator for thirty-five years, serving mostly as principal in several Missouri schools. including Smithton and Knob Noster, where he retired from in 1998.

On February 16, 1967 in Excelsior Springs, MO he was united in marriage to Peggy Joan Stephens, who survives of the home.

Additional survivors include a son, Bradford L. Jenkins of Olathe, KS; a sister, Pat Jenkins of Kansas City, MO; lifetime family friend, Diane Bonacci; and several cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Wayne “Butch” Jenkins; his sister, Jacqueline “Jackie” Brownsberger; and his long-time friend, Joe Bonacci.

Gerald enjoyed traveling, reading, jogging, puzzles of all kinds, watching movies and sports, studying American and world history, and visiting with family and friends.

A private family memorial service and interment will be held. Gerald was of the Methodist faith.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution are encouraged to the Susan O’Brien Fischer Cancer Center or Crossroads Hospice, in care of Rea Funeral Chapel.

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Mr. Jenkins was just a nice all around man. He helped make the education system a better place to be! He and his family will be in my prayers.
– Debbie Murray
Oh my Lord the memories I have of Mr. Jenkins. As many people well know, I was one that got kicked out, kicked off, suspended, paddled, and at one time my mom was told I don’t care where you send him just don’t send him to school Mrs. Banner. I saw Gerald some years back and told him to his face “Thank you”, he laughed and said “what for Banner I kicked you out of school more than anybody I ever had in school”. I said yes sir you did but you taught me respect, not just other people but myself as well, respect my decisions because life is all about decisions is what you told me one sitting in your office. I never fogot that Mr. Jenkins sir and never will. RIP Sir thank you for touching my life. There should be more like you today in the schools.
– Ben Banner
Mr. Jenkins was my principal at Smithton and we weren’t the best of friends because of of my behavior. But I go reacquainted with him during a construction project at Knob Noster.I was jackhammer one day and he was watching me and I asked him if he wanted to do some. He said he put his self through college running one. I had a different opinion about him after that and got to know him more. He was a good man just doing his job .RIP Bear
– Kerry pyle

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