David Jenkins

1922 - 2013


David Jenkins

March 3, 1922 — July 15, 2013

David Jenkins, 91, of College Place passed away July 15, 2013. David was born in Adelaide, Australia. He was the son of Wilhelmina Jenetsky and Ellis George Osmond of Hallett, South Australia. David served in the Royal Australian Air Force in World War II. He developed a love of all things American and sought to come to the United States after the war. At that time he could only immigrate to Canada, where he settled in Toronto and worked as a draftsman for Avro Aircraft. He married Patricia Hallum in 1949 and had one son, Barry. After his wife passed away, David and his son moved to Beloit, Wis., in 1961 and became permanent residents of the U.S. Later working in the Chicago area for a few years, he was hired by Boeing in Seattle. David worked as an engineer on the original 747, and after a lay-off went back to work on the flight line. He got married in 1967 to Elsie Robson. He subsequently worked for Robbins tunnel machine company and Rocket Research, making parts for spacecraft, and became an American citizen. After retirement, David lived for a few years in Reno, before returning to Washington state and settling in Touchet to be closer to his son after Elsie passed away. He enjoyed traveling, especially back to Australia on several occasions, including a trip with Barry in 2000. In 2001 David married Kathleen Bond, and in 2011 they relocated to College Place. David was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, where he was a lectern reader and usher in recent years. He and his wife Kathleen also enjoyed attending senior music activities in the area, and David would sometimes perform a song. He was a member of a model railroad club in Spokane and liked to plant a vegetable garden every year. David passed away while undergoing rehabilitation after a fall required him to have hip replacement surgery.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; son, Barry and wife Mary Lou; two granddaughters, Kathy Ruiz and Alexis Scruggs; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m. at Pioneer United Methodist Church, 209 E. Birch St., followed by a reception at 3 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 350 S. Second Ave., Walla Walla.


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