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James Dale Jenkins September 8, 1942 – November 11, 2023

James Dale Jenkins, 81, formerly of Brunswick, MO, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Legends at Capital Ridge in Topeka, KS.  A visitation will be held at Breshears Memorial Chapel in Brunswick, MO on Friday, November 17, 2023 from 10:00 A.M to 11:00 A.M.  A graveside service will be held in Elliott Grove Cemetery immediately following the visitation.  Reverend Ken Beckner will officiate the service.

James was born on September 8, 1942 in rural Brunswick, MO, the son of Lloyd “Bud” and Evolene (Rutliff) Jenkins.  He graduated from Brunswick High School in 1960.

James worked in the airline industry his entire career.  He began working on the tarmac loading bags and eventually worked his way into a supervisory role at the ticket counter.  He worked for Ozark Airlines and then finished his career with TWA.

James was a history buff who loved spending time with his friends and family, traveling around the world, and volunteering at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, TX, which he did 3-4 times a month.  He was a member of the Brunswick United Methodist Church and attended Lakeside Baptist Church in Lewisville, TX for many years.  James was also a member of the Corvette Club in Dallas, TX.

James is survived by two nieces, Brenda Beckner and her husband, Ken, of Topeka, KS and Cheryl Sands and her husband, Greg, of Lees Summit, MO; two great nephews, Jameson Beckner and his wife, Courtney, of Topeka, KS and Joel Beckner and his wife, Kelsey, of Lindsborg, KS; three great nieces, Lauren Waller and her husband, Jason, of Lindsborg, KS, Kristin Keller and her husband, Brandon, of Kansas City, MO, and Courtney Hilton and her husband, Grant, of Prairie Village, KS; one sister-in-law, Carolyn Jenkins of Blue Springs, MO; and he is also survived by thirteen great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Evolene, and one brother, Duane Jenkins.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ken Beckner, Roy Smith, Randy Smith, Glenn Martin, Carroll Jenkins, Tom Atchison, and Charles Porter.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to be made to the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, TX or Elliott Grove Cemetery in Brunswick, MO.  Donations may be left at or mailed to Breshears Memorial Chapel, 207 W. Broadway, Brunswick, MO, 65236.

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