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Frank Jenks brought bingo to the Page Elks club

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 17th, 2013


Frank E. Jenks, who started the bingo program at the Elks club in Page, died July 8 in Sun City, Ariz. He was 87.

Mr. Jenks was born July 28, 1925, to Frank Jenks and Lelia McDowall.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and received his education from the DeVry Institute in Chicago.

Mr. Jenks came to Page after working for Basha’s in Phoenix. During his 10 years in the area, he worked for Babbitt’s and for a short time he managed the bowling alley.

His career in the grocery business also included working for Geoff Stickler in Bagdad, Ariz. and the Grand Canyon.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Elks, where he launched the popular bingo program “many years ago,” according to his daughter Vivian Warren of Page.

Mr. Jenks is survived by his wife, Esther (Flint) Jenks.

He is also survived by his children, Jim (and Lilly) Jenks of San Diego; Lori (and Les) Bethany of Glendale, Ariz.; Heidi Speed of Peoria, Ariz.; and Vivian (and John) Warren of Page.

His surviving grandchildren are Michelle Jenks; Christopher Jenks; Crystal (and Keith) Valencia; Tina (and Bryan) Speed; Annie Speed; Danny Speed; Diane (and Michael) Crunk. Surviving great-grandchildren are Nicholas Speed, Christian Speed, Rebecca Crunk.

A memorial service will be held July 27 at 10:30 a.m., in the South Peoria Baptist Church, 9000 W. Olive Ave., Peoria.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Arizona or Sun City Health and Rehab.



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