Ora D. Jenkins of 3633 Mechanic Street, Interlaken passed away at the Cayuga Medical Center on Monday, October 28, 2002 at the age of 94.

Born on July 5, 1908 in Sweet Springs, Missouri, Ora was the son of Thomas Alexander and Mary Maude Weddle Jenkins.

A Patriot-at-heart, Ora faithfully served in the U.S. Navy during both WW II and the Korean Conflict. Shortly after receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Navy in 1953, he accepted a position with the Army Engineers who were working in Japan. For the ensuing 15 years Ora and his wife Blanche enjoyed life in Japan and developed a deep appreciation for the Japanese people and their culture.

Ora was a member of the Farmerville-Union Lodge #183 F&AM in Interlaken and the Interlaken American Legion Post #462. He was also a member of the Ovid VFW Post #6200 and the BPOE Lodge #636 in Ithaca. In addition, Ora was proud of his membership in the Navy SEABE Veteran's of America.

Ora was preceded in death by his son, Marvin L. Jenkins. He is survived by his devoted wife of 70 years, Blanche A. Cecrle Jenkins; one daughter, Yvonne J. Ashcraft of Trumansburg; seven grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Interlaken American Legion on Saturday, November 2, 2002 at 2:00 pm with the Rev. Pete Hood officiating. Members of the Farmerville-Union Lodge and Interlaken American Legion will also participate. Following the services, the family will be present to receive their friends, at the Legion, for refreshments and fellowship.

Contributions in Ora's memory may be directed to the Interlaken Fire and Ambulance Fund, Main Street, Interlaken, New York 14847.

The family has entrusted arrangements to the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South St., Trumansburg. Additional information may be obtained from the funeral home by calling 1-888-534-5446.

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