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William "Bill" Thomas Jenkins

December 29, 1935 — January 12, 2024


William Thomas “Bill” Jenkins, 88, of Winamac passed away at 2:15 a.m., Friday, January 12, 2024 at the Pulaski Healthcare Center. He was born on December 29, 1935 in Winamac, to the late James and Esther (Thomas) Jenkins. He graduated Winamac High School in 1955 and served in the U.S. Army. On April 29, 1972 he married Fafalene Howard-Kolish.

Bill spent his early years hunting and fishing alongside his brother, Bob. It was during those youthful adventures that Bill discovered his lifelong passion for fishing, a pursuit that would bring him immeasurable joy throughout the years.

Bill’s life was marked by a deep love for the outdoors, unwavering friendship, and dedicated service to his community. He was the former owner and operator of Jenkin’s Service. Though the façade and purpose of the business evolved over time from his father to his grandson, the core values Bill cherished remained constant and he loved interacting with his customers.

Known for his generosity and willingness to lend a helping hand, he was a true friend who could always be relied upon. He was that neighbor who'd lend you a tool or offer a friendly chat over the fence. His warm-hearted nature endeared him to many, and his willingness to assist anyone in need left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know him.

Above all, Bill cherished his family. As we say goodbye to Bill, let's remember the guy who loved life, enjoyed nature, worked hard, shared fishing tales, and was always ready to lend a hand. 

Survivors include his wife, Fafalene Jenkins of Winamac, children, Melissa Behny (Josh) of Fishers, Susan Foust (Jeff) of Rochester, Mark Kolish (Diane) of Winamac, daughter in law, Linda Kolish of Winamac, sister, Betty DePoy (Harry) of Winamac, grandchildren, Chad Kolish (Monica) of Winamac, Beth Kolish of Winamac, Ryan Kolish (Lindsey) of Winamac, Austin Foust (Emily) of Rochester, Matthew Kolish (Laura) of Winamac, Jordan Kolish (Jess Bank) of Winamac, Kaitlin Foust of South Bend, Finian Behny of Fishers and Cameron Behny of Fishers and great grandchildren, Jackson, Sawyer, Charlotte, Cale and Ava Kolish and Zander, Rowan and Cason Foust.

He was also preceded in death by step sons, Kevin Kolish and William Kolish, brother, Robert Jenkins and grandson, Liam Behny.

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11:00 .a.m., Saturday, January 27, 2024 at the Opera House in Winamac with Pastor Hagin Hiatt officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Winamac Fire Department.

Bill’s online guestbook is available and condolences can be shared with the family at www.ransfuneralhomes.com.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of William "Bill" Thomas Jenkins, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, January 27, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Visitation for one hour prior to service.

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