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Lloyd Duane Jenlink
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Submitted by: Tim Dotterer

Lloyd Duane Jenlink, 86, of Cherokee, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013, at the Cherokee Manor, after a lengthy illness. He was born on the family farm south of Cherokee on October 12, 1926 to John and Hattie Dunsworth Jenlink. He attended Elkton Country School and Jet Public Schools and graduated from Lambert High School in 1945.

He was inducted into the United States Army upon graduation from high school in 1945. He served with the U.S. Constabulary, U.S. Army of Occupation from January 1946 thru January 1947. He was sent to Germany with the 8th Constabulary Squadron as a radio operator and was based in Cham and Augsburg, Germany.

Upon his return to the states, he and Helen Buckingham were united in marriage on June 15, 1947 in Cherokee. He was saved shortly after their marriage. They made their home on the family farm, In 1970, they moved to the farm southeast of Cherokee where they remained until failing health caused them to move to Cherokee. His love for farming began at an early age, learning to drive the tractor at nine years of age. He farmed for over 70 years, raising wheat and catttle. He also loved to do woodworking and spent many years working with his Uncle Paul Jenlink and other local carpenters. He could fix or build almost anything; bis conscientious work ethic continues to influence his family.

He is survived by his wife of 66 year, Helen, of the home, one son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Launa Jenlink of Cherokee, one daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Lowell Wallace of Sparks, Oklahoma, six grandchildren, Ryan and Sherry Jenlink of McKinney, Texas, Aaron and Nikki -Jenlink of Broken Arrow, Amy and Deke Koonce of Bethany, Angie and Jason Hughey, Sparks, Alisha Wallace and April Wallace of Sparks, seven great-grandchildren, Tyler, Justin, Brandon and Lauren Koonce; Katlyn, Bryce and Cooper Hughey and soon to arrive Sydney Jenlink. He is also survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Forrest and Doris Jenlink of Jet.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, LaVeta Viers and Glendola Schanbacher, and one infant brother. Memorials may be made to advance research of Parkinson'sDisease.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 30, 2013 at the Cherokee Friends Church with Reverend Joe Woods officiating. Burial followed in the Cherokee Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Goodwin Funeral Home of Cherokee.

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