He was born Dec. 23, 1948, in Louisville, Ky., the son of Samuel P. and Patricia Gnau Jenkins Sr., and was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 1979. He had been on an administrative leave of absence since 2004.
Father Jenkins is survived by his mother; a sister, Judy Ankrom of Decatur; four brothers, Samuel P. of Virginia, Neil of Aurora, David of Naperville and Jeffrey of Champaign; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 26 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Decatur. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston.
Memorial gifts may be made to St. Meinrad Archabbey, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577.
Moran & Goebel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.