SEVERANCE, N.Y. - Luther E. Jenks, 90, passed away late Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at his home with his loving family by his side, after an extended illness.
Luther was born Dec. 31 1919, in Schroon Lake, N.Y., the son of Michael D. and Emeline Fanny Phelps Jenks.
Besides his parents Luther was predeceased by his grandson, Michael Gaige and his brother, Maurice Jenks.
Luther was a graduate of Schroon Lake Central School. Luther was a graduate of Schroon Lake Central School and then went to welding school. He spent most of his life in the Schroon Lake and Severance area. He lived in Albany with his wife Eleanor after they were married.
He worked for Tobin Meat Co. and Montgomery Ward. Luther was employed by Potters sawmill, as a carpenter for H. Robbins at Robbins Roost Chicken Farm, and for Aubrey Slaterprice making bird perches after returning to Schroon Lake.
Luther became a Game Warden, then conservation officer, and retired as an environmental conservation police officer with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in 1982.
Luther was involved in the Pioneer Club, the Boy Scouts and the Schroon North Hudson Historical Society. He was a member of the Schroon Lake Volunteer Fire Company for 28 years and a member of the Schroon Lake Community Church for 74 years, where he held several leadership positions.
During World War II, Luther served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945, he was a Coast Artillery Radio Operator with the 430th AA Small Weapons Batallion in Europe.
Luther is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Eleanor R. Knox Jenks of Severance; his son, Douglas K. (Linda) Jenks of Northville, N.Y., His daughters, Marcia E. (Dennis) Jenks Gaige of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and PatriciaL. (Damon) Jenks Simonds of Richfield Springs, N.Y.; his brother, Donald Jenks of Schroon Lake, and his sister, Clara Jenks Burch of Saranac Lake, N.Y.; his sisters-in-law, Kay Gero Jenks of Willsboro, N.Y. and Martha Knox of Malta, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Luther leaves his family with the greatest gifts a husband and father could. He leaves them with gifts of love, values and great memories.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Schroon Lake Community Church.
Interment will follow at the Severance Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Edward L. Kelly Funeral Home 1019 Route 9, Schroon Lake, Thursday evening from 7 till 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials take the form of donations to the Schroon Lake Community Church or the Schroon North
Society, Schroon Lake,