Harry E. Jenks II
Jenks, Harry E. II, Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps (Retired) 79, of Beckwith Street in Cranston, a career Marine and Property Management Executive, died on Sunday December 18, 2011 at home. He was the husband of Elizabeth M. (Maxfield) Jenks. Born in Providence, he was the son of the late Everett H. and Kathryn M. (Eichler) Jenks and lived in Cranston uopn retirement from the service. Upon graduation from Cranston High School, he received his degree from Brown University in 1953 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. An Eagle Scout, he worked on the Camp Yawgoog staff for many years. He subsequently performed volunteer work as a District Commisioner in New Orleans, LA, Boy Scout Council. He commanded Marine Infantry Platoons, several rifle companies, an Infantry Batallion, and was Regimental Executive Officer in Addition to staff performance in operational, security and logistic fields. He served on the faculty of the Armed Forces Staff College, administered by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Norfolk, VA and while indtructing field grade officers therein, received his Masters Degree in Managament Engineering from George Washington University. Colonel Jenks served in many areas of the world seeing action in Egypt, Cuba, Panama, and Vietnam. He was the recipient of many ribbons and medals, including the Legion of Merit, the Joint Services Commendation Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal with four battle stars. After military service, he worked for Community Housing Services, Inc. and Eastland Property Managemant Co. in an executive capacity. He achieved the designation of Certified Property Manager from the National Institute of Real Estate Management, was President of the Greater Rhode Island Chapter of the Instute of Real Estate Management, and was awarded the Certified Property Manager of the Year designation in 1988. He served on the National Board of Governors for three years. He was a Past President of the Portsmouth Rotary Club and Past Commodore of the Blue Parrot Yacht Club in East Greenwich. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, the American Legion in East Greenwich, and the National Rifle Association. Besides his wife, he leaves two sons Harry E. Jenks III and David R. Jenks, a daughter Cathy E. Jones, a granddaughter Erica Giannini and her husband David all from Bristol. Additionally he leaves a long term business partner and close companion Sheila Nevola of Cranston. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 10:00am in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4:00-7:00pm. Kindly omit flowers. Donations to the American Heart Association would be appreciated.
Lois Clement - 12/20/2011
I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one. I was a fellow Rotarian with Harry at the Portsmouth Rotary Club in Portsmouth several years ago. Harry had a wonderful personality and enjoyed life. I know he will be sadly missed.
Janet Monaghan - 12/20/2011
Harry Jenks was one the kindest, gracious people I have met. I will miss him at our chapter meetings and his kind words. He will be in my pray's.
Jack and Linda Bentz - 12/20/2011
Jack and I will miss Harry Jenks as well as everyone he met.Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Debra Iafrate - 12/20/2011
Harry was a good friend to all of us at the RI IREM Chapter. He will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace, Harry.
Tracy Weick & Deb Finegan - 12/20/2011
Our sincerest condolences and prayers are extended to all.
Keith and Noreen Litchfield - 12/20/2011
We have wonderful memories of Col. Jenks from RI Yacht Club. He loved the traditions and ceremony of the Club and could always be counted on to partipate in those traditions. We are so sorry for your loss.
Michael C. Moan - 12/21/2011
My wife Ellen and I have good memories of Harry. He was very kind and generous. I was fortunate to have known him and called him a friend. Semper Fi Harry.
Cheryle Ihrig - 12/21/2011
Harry, may the wind be in your sails
and the water warm and blue. Always an
Officer and a gentleman. My condolences
to the Jenks Family.
Debra Hetu - 12/21/2011
I have wonderful memories of Harry Jenks when we worked together years ago. I will always remember the long lunches and the great times. I will miss you Harry. My condolences to the family and a special thank you to Sheila for the great times we had with you and Harry. God Bless.
Irma Joyal - 03/10/2012
Betty, so sorry I just now found Harry had passed on. My sincere condolences.
Irma (former Kool Korner soda jerk)