George D. Jenkins
George Dellmar Jenkins, 67, was born on January 28, 1950, in DuQuoin, IL to Robert Dellmar and Martha Eloise (Rea) Jenkins. He is survived by his wife, Katrina nee: Kok Jenkins of Perth, Western Australia; two sons: Adam Wayne (Melanie) Jenkins of Belleville, IL and Paul David (Michelle Dentamaro) Jenkins of Chicago, IL; stepchildren: Matthew, Sarah (Jai) and Nathan Jamieson of Perth, Western Australia and Simon (Monica) Jamieson of Melbourne, Victoria; six grandchildren: Evan Wayne and Eli James Jenkins, Harry, Ivy, Roscoe and Archie Jamieson; three sisters: Ina Lewis of Lee's Summit, MO, Martha (Kenneth) Ramsey of Troy, IL, and Roberta (Larry) Johnson of Carbondale, IL; nieces and nephews: Mike Lewis (Pam) of Key West, FL, Laurel (Mike) Deenen of Minneapolis, MN, Annie Childs of Minneapolis, MN, Sue DeVera (John) of Bucyrus, KS, Evan DeVera of Las Vegas, NV, Derek (Laura) DeVera of Prairie Village, KS, Chaffin DeVera of Johnson County, KS, Kent (Sveta) Lewis of Washington, DC, Marta and Maya Lewis of Washington, DC, Michael (Maggie) Johnson of Oxford, PA, Mark (Chelsea) Johnson of Desoto, IL, Merik (Pam) Ramsey of Edwardsville, IL, Brian (Jodie) Ramsey of Highland, IL, and Grant Ramsey of Troy, IL.
George was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Rea Jenkins of Highland, IL and Jean Elizabeth (Richard) Harr of Mililani, HI. Upon graduating from High School in 1968 in DuQuoin, George attended SIU Carbondale. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was stationed as a Telecomunication System Control Specialist at Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, MS and Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, OK. George worked for 19 years as an underground coalminer in Benton, IL.
He married Katrina nee: Kok Jamieson on August 28, 1998 in Winter Haven, FL where he worked in the IMC Agrico Phosphate Mine for 3 years. He and Katrina then immigrated to Australia in May, 2000. Katrina assured him that he would find work immediately since a mining boom in Western Australia had begun. Sure enough, he started work within days of arriving. He took several casual jobs to begin with just to feel his way. Six months later he started at Metso, a large international company and has worked there until his death. George loved his job from beginning to end. He began as a fitter and worked his way up into a management role as a Special Projects Manager. His job has enabled him to travel to other parts of the world which he loved. He has been to China, Sweden and South Africa. George and Katrina bought a lovely villa in an over 55 retirement village 18 months ago and while he was still working, he loved his new home.
Away from work, George and Katrina enjoyed walking on a regular basis. They recently took a driving holiday around Tasmania, the small island state off the Southeast Coast of Australia. Plans to go back there was on the agenda. They did a lot of hiking while there. It is one of the most pristine places on earth. George also developed a love for spicy Indian food and that became his favorite cuisine when eating out or take-out.
Dell, as he was known to his family, was a lover of "oldies" music, especially 50s and 60s music. He could give the name of the artist of any song you could name and, in most cases, could tell you the length of the song.
George is loved by all his family and friends as well as work colleagues. He really embraced the Aussie way of life with open arms.
Memorial visitation will be 9am to 11am on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, Maryville, IL.
Memorial service will be at 11am following the visitation with Rev. Robert Strong officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and will be received at the funeral home.
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