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William “Bill” A. Jenks Jr.

William “Bill” A. Jenks Jr., 90, of Peoria, passed away at 5:27 AM on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria. He was born on July 28, 1929 in Peoria to William and Mary E. (Hampton) Jenks Sr. He married Viola E. Steelman on June 26, 1954 in Creve Coeur, she preceded him in death on August 8, 2012.

Bill was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ray and Wilbur Jenks, and one sister, Donna Schoedel.

Surviving are four children, William (Nancy) Jenks III of Peru, Robert Jenks of Pekin, Gene Jenks of Bartonville, and Gail Jenks of Bartonville; and six grandchildren; Phillip Jenks, Christina Ellis, Jessica, William “Will”, and Jennifer Jenks, and Courtney Ellis.

Bill worked as an OTR truck driver. He was a member of the Teamster Union. Bill enjoyed fishing, camping, and traveling.

Bill served during the Korean War in the United States Navy.

Services will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Endsley-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Bartonville where a visitation will be held from 12-1 PM. Pastor Lloyd Brock will officiate. Burial will follow at Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria, IL. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. To make online condolences you may go to


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