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Ralph Jenkins

Ralph Wayne Jenkins

Friday, December 10th, 1943 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
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Obituary

Ralph Wayne Jenkins, 76, of Salem, VA, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2020, with his wife of 49 years by his side after a lengthy and brave battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on Friday, December 10, 1943, to the late Willie Winfred and Edith Mae Stone Jenkins. Ralph saw the world as a Russian radio intercept operator in the U.S. Air Force and lived in the UK and Germany, but Virginia was always the place he considered home. He was active in The Boy Scouts Association, earning such honors as the Order of the Arrow and Eagle Scout before becoming a scoutmaster to mentor others. He also coached both of his daughters and his future son-in-law in their youth bowling league while winning many bowling awards at the regional and state level himself. Ralph spent his working years as a manufacturing leader at General Electric where he retired from in 2008. He had many hobbies including solving all of the puzzles in the Sunday paper, but his favorite past time was baseball. He was a decades-long season ticket holder and a near-permanent fixture at the Salem Red Sox where he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Among his favorite baseball memories were road trips to see major league games with his youngest daughter and meeting one of his favorite players, Willie Mays. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Winfred Morton Jenkins, Sr., and his infant twin brother.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Marie Earley Jenkins; daughters, Waynette Marie Jenkins Moore, and Kathy Sue Jenkins Taylor and husband, Chris; grandchildren, Brandon Michael Szymusiak and Elizabeth Marie Moore; sister, Connie Jenkins; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in the U.S. and abroad.
In light of current events, the family will have a private graveside service at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens with Rev. Tim Gearheart officiating. A celebration in honor of his life will be held at a later date for all who wish to attend.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnmoakey.com.
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    Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens
    Address
    5737 Airport Road
    Roanoke, VA 24012
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Martha and Bill Barnebee

Posted at 12:18pm
Our condolences during your time of grief. Though we never met, Ralph reflects a man who lived a full life.
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Penny

Posted at 07:48pm
We send our condolences to the family. We worked with Ralph at GE and also shared the love of bowling. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.

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Vincent Copenhaver

Posted at 07:27pm
We are so sorry to hear of Ralph’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
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John W. Priddy

Posted at 09:42am
I enjoyed knowing Ralph for many years. I had not heard of his distinguished military service to the nation as part of the greatest generation, but it doesn't surprise me, and I am grateful. He will be fondly remembered for this and for his good spirit and sense of humor. He was humble but definitely not shy. He was hugely blessed to have Lois by his side along the way. +grace and peace+ to her and family.

John W. Priddy
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Cindy, Mike, Tyler & Emma Lichtenstein

Posted at 08:05am
Peace, Prayers and Blessings. We love you so much!
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