Ronald Baker “Ron” Jenkins

Ronald Baker “Ron” Jenkins, 92, of North Platte, died Nov. 8, 2018, at home.

Ron was born on Feb. 10, 1926, to George McKinley and Hulda Edith (Baker) Jenkins at Dickens. He grew up on the farm and attended Dickens School, graduating from Dickens High School in 1943.

Ron proudly served our country during World War II. He served in the Pacific Theater and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in May of ’46.

On Sept. 15, 1946, Ron was united in marriage to Francine Carol Preitauer in North Platte. They farmed near Ingham for a couple years before moving north of Dickens in 1948, where they ranched and he worked as a carpenter for 51 years. After Ron and Francine retired they moved to North Platte. The couple had four children and were married for over 62 years when Francine died in 2009.

Ron was a member of the Elks Club, Eagles and American Legion. He loved ranching, his cattle and working with his hands. He enjoyed playing pool and cards, pitching horseshoes, and dancing with his wife.

Ron was a great husband, dad and grandpa, and a kind, social person.

Along with his wife, Francine, Ron was preceded in death by their infant son; his parents; and brothers, Howard, Jack and Dale.

Ron is survived by his children, Roger (Deanna) Jenkins of Johnson Lake, Janine (Mike) Layher and Debbie (Brad) Bear, all of North Platte; seven grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Senior Center. Online condolences may be shared at

Service will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore with Gary Smith officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the family greeting friends from 5-7 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 12, at Odean Colonial Chapel, which is in charge of arrangements.

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