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106 South Center
PO Box 192
Gardner, KS 66030
Phone: 913-856-7111
Fax: 913-884-7009

Albert "Bud" James Jenks

Thursday, August 31st, 1939 - Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
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Albert James “Bud” Jenks, 79, of Meriden, KS, formerly of De Soto, KS, passed away June 18, 2019. Visitation 6:00 to 8:00 pm Mon., June 24, 2019 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Funeral 10:30 am Tues., June 25, 2019 at De Soto Baptist Church, 8655 Copeland Way, De Soto, KS. Masonic Service at 10:00 am before the funeral. Burial with military honors at De Soto Cemetery, De Soto, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to the De Soto Baptist Church or the American Heart Assoc. Condolences may be left at

Albert was born Aug. 31, 1939 in Merriam, KS to Albert E. and Cecil L. (Johnson) Jenks. Bud was a lifelong area resident. He graduated from De Soto High School in 1958 and served in the US Marine Reserves. Bud married Helen Gilstrap on Dec. 26, 1958 in De Soto. He worked as a Safety Engineer for Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant. After his retirement from Sunflower he worked as a construction contractor with his brother Elmer. In the 1970’s and 80’s Bud served as a De Soto City Councilman, De Soto Mayor and as Chairman of the Council of Mayors for Johnson County. He was a member of the De Soto Baptist Church, the Shawnee Masonic Lodge and the De Soto VFW. Bud was a lifelong woodworker. He will be missed by family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Helen, in 2016 and brothers: Elmer and Steve Jenks. Bud is survived by his daughter, Teresa Leahy and significant other Jim Vanderbilt, Baldwin City, KS; son, Kenneth and wife Debra Jenks, Shawnee, KS; four grandchildren: Drew Wiard, Sean Wiard, Zach and wife Emma Jenks, Max Jenks and fiancé Lindsey Unrein; one great-grandson, Oliver; brother Gerald and wife Pam Jenks, Vinland, KS and sister-in-law, Reta Jenks, De Soto, KS.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, June 24th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Monday, June 24th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Bruce Funeral Home Gardner
    106 South Center
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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  • Service

    Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 10:30am
    De Soto Baptist Church
    8655 Copeland Way
    DE SOTO, KS 66018
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    Masonic Service at 10:00 am before the funeral.
  • Interment

    De Soto Cemetery
    34500 W 87th St
    DE SOTO, KS 66018
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  • Masonic Lodge
  • U S Marine Corps
  • VFW


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Helen Craig

Posted at 10:55am
So sorry for your loss. Will miss Bud at the monthly Hercules breakfasts.

Susan Ellis Pittman

Posted at 05:42pm
Teresa, Kenny and family,

So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. So many great memories growing up at your house in DeSoto. Both of your parents were such sweet people and always smiling! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Susan

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We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Your B/A Family
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