Dr. Joe Wyley Jenkins, son of Vernel Basil and Fern Stephan Jenkins, was born on Oct. 17, 1941, in the Avola community. He passed away on Oct. 22, 2010, in Arlington, Va., where he made his home.
Following Vernel's death, the family moved to Bronaugh, Mo. He attended both elementary and high school there and graduated in the class of 1959. He then enrolled at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., majoring in mathematics. He earned his Ph.D at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill.
Joe taught for several years at the University of New York in Albany and later served as chair of the math department. He worked at the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. His duty was to receive and read applications for grants and scholarships in math and science. If approved, the applications were sent by him to the appropriate department personnel for issuance.
Joe enjoyed traveling, so after retirement he visited Finland, Balise and Yugoslavia.
Survivors include two daughters, Sasha Schmidt of Clifton Park, N.Y., and Tess Jenkins of Allston, Mass.; three sons, Wyley Jenkins and wife, Springfield, Ill., Grey Edward Jenkins, San Francisco, Calif., and Joel Jenkins and wife, Amy, of Kansas City, Kan.; three brothers, George Allen Jenkins and wife, Lou, Nevada, Mo., Vernel Lee Jenkins and wife, Dorothy, Fort Mohave, Ariz., and David Jenkins Horne, Independence, Mo.; three sisters, Judy Bennett, Lamar, Mo., Mary Kay Barclay, Chanute, Kan., and Frances Stephan Jenkins and Eleanor Stephan Hergert, both of Nevada.
A memorial service will be held on Nov. 13, in Arlington, Va.
Arrangements are being made by the Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd., Dale City, VA, 22193. The family requests no flowers.