Edward W. Jenkins

Jan. 8, 2014

Edward W. Jenkins (BS Elec Egr ’59) died Dec. 30, 2013, in Largo, Fla., after a five-year battle with leukemia. He was 80.

He was raised in Williamsville, N.Y., and served in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years during the Korean War. Upon leaving the service, he enrolled at Michigan State University where he met his wife, Mary Lou, while they waited in line to enroll in an honor's English class during their first semester.

Jenkins earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering through the MSU honor's program in 1959. After graduation, he worked for IBM for 35 years in a variety of marketing and management positions until 1994.

He and his wife then retired to Florida. He loved volunteering at Morton Plant Hospital, driving a tram and helping the patients and visitors find their way on the busy campus. The couple delivered Meals on Wheels for 12 years until his health issues prevented him from continuing his volunteer activities.

He loved spending time with his family, playing tennis, completing crossword puzzles, and he was a voracious reader. He also loved watching MSU basketball games and Detroit Tiger baseball games.


He survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Lou; their six children, Mike (Mary), Sue (Don), Debbie (Joe), Tom (Joann), Bob (Christi), and Kevin (Stacey); 11 grandchildren; two sisters; one brother, and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will take place in the summer of 2014 at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Saline, Mich., where he had lived and raised his family for 28 years. Read more: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heritage/obituary.aspx?n=edward-w-jenki...