Gary Jenks, age 80 of Ozark, Missouri, entered eternal rest Thursday, August 11, 2022, in the company of his family. He born March 11, 1942, in Los Angeles, California, and well-known as beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend. Gary was loved by many and admired by anyone who had the pleasure to call him friend and family. He was an honest, kind man, who worked hard to provide for those he loved.
An active member of the community and loyal patriot, Gary spent years proudly serving his country in the United States Air Force. He was a member of the Freemasons for 52 years and a member of Friend Lodge # 352. A hard worker and a man of many passions, Gary found ways to help anyone in need wherever he could. He had a great passion for the outdoors, which was evident in his work with the scouts, as well as the many years he and his wife shared the hobby of scuba diving. The evidence of which can be found in their extensive collection of shells and corals. Able to grow anything he put his mind to, Gary spent much of his time in his garden. With a special place in his heart for Christmas, Gary loved to give back to the community through his career as a real bearded Santa Clause. He spent many years traveling the country, working through the season to help spread joy and magic to all.
His love knew no bounds, but there was no one he loved as much as his wife Faye. Faye and Gary were united in marriage February 4, 1967, at McClellan Air Force Base. They spent many beautiful years together and had four amazing children, whom they passed on their traits for fierce loyalty and unwavering love. As well as many talents, laughter, and joy. The love they shared was one that many speak of, but few get to experience in their lifetime. Though they spent some time apart, it is known by all that they are reunited and watching over their loved one’s hand in hand, together forever.
Gary Jenks is survived by his four children Dean, David, Thomas, and Carolynn. His eight grandchildren, James, Caitlynn, Jonathan, Cialee, Akira, Athena, Ares, and Faith. As well as his sister Nancy, and many more family, friends and loved ones. He is joined in eternal rest with his wife Faye Jenks, as well as his parents David and Betty Jenks.
Funeral services for Gary will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 15, 2022, in Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark, Missouri. Visitation will be 10:00 A.M. Monday until service time in the funeral home. Burial will be 9:00 A.M. Friday, August 19, 2022, in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri with full military honors. Funeral procession to the cemetery will leave Barnes Family Funeral Home at 8:15 A.M. Friday, August 19, 2022 with motorcycle escort provided by Warriors’ Watch Riders. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.