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Billie Don (Bill) Jenkins, 78, of Liberty, MO died August 11, 2011 at Cameron Regional Medical Center.

Bill was born June 30, 1933 in LaPlata, MO, the son of Olen Lee and Cleo Lucille (Cassady) Jenkins.

He was united in marriage to YVieta Brown on December 21, 1958 at Gallatin, MO.

He was raised in Knox County, MO and attended Cook Rural School and Edina Elementary graduating in May 1953 from Edina High School. He was not able to attend his commencement exercises, but an empty chair with his cap and gown honored his absence. He was already serving his country where he served for four years in the U.S. Air Force, including two years in Japan at the conclusion of the Korean War. Bill’s career with the U.S. Postal Service spanned 30 years and he retired October 13, 1988. He carried mail in North Kansas City, walking seven to ten miles each day, he never met a stranger on his route or around the corner. He was a member of the Claycomo Baptist Church. His passions included woodcarving, drawing, painting, gardening and spending time with friends and family.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, John and Jack.

Surviving are his wife YVieta of 53 years, daughters, Jeanna, Jaeger and Laura Jane “Janey” Taylor and husband Bernie; four granddaughters, Jessica Taylor, Melissa Taylor, Erica Taylor and Beth Jaeger; sisters, Carol Jean “Sis” Stephens and husband Robert, Karen Rogers, and Sue Fisher and husband, Everett; sister-in-law, Ann; mother-in-law, Alberta Brown; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The funeral celebrating his life was held at 10 a.m. Monday, August 15 at the Park Lawn Northland Chapel, Liberty, MO. Recorded songs sung by classmate Jim Frazee were “How Great Thou Art” and “Take My Hand Precious Lord”, were a part of the memorial services. Burial was in the Mount Moriah Terrace Park Cemetery with military honors by the American Legion Post # 95 of Liberty with the U.S. flag being presented to his wife.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the Claycomo Baptist Church or the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, MO where Bill resided and has received wonderful care for the last two years.

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