Kenneth Ray Jenkins

Kenneth Ray Jenkins
October 6, 1920 – January 17, 2015
BOWIE – Kenneth Ray Jenkins, 94, died Jan. 17, 2015 in Wichita Falls, TX.
Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 with visitation one hour prior to the service in the drawing room of The White Family Funeral Home of Bowie. Burial followed at Elmwood Cemetery.
Jenkins was born Oct. 6, 1920 in Quanah to the late I.B. and Onie E. Jenkins.
He began his meteorological career when he joined the Army Air Corps in 1942, receiving his weather training at Chanute Field in Champaign County, IL before being stationed in the Aleutian Islands during World War II.
Following his honorable discharge from the service in 1946, he was employed by the U.S. Weather Bureau at stations in Clovis, NM, Laredo and Amarillo.
On Aug. 13, 1946, he married Marion Evelyn Phillips in Quanah.
In 1956 the couple moved to El Paso where he went to work as a meteorological rocket scientist at White Sands Missile Range. By the time of his retirement in 1975, he had achieved the position of upper atmospheric research chief for WSMR’s Atmospherics Sciences Laboratory.
He was an associate fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of both the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union.
He and his wife moved to Bowie in 1982. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Bowie.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Jenkins; son Kevin Jenkins, Fredericktown, MO; six grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Wichita Falls, 4909 Johnson Road, Wichita Falls, TX 76310, online at:; or at First Baptist Church, 307 Lindsey St., Bowie, TX, 76230.

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    You will be missed in the neighborhood


    Shirley and David

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