Ron E. Jenks


August 25, 1949 - December 15, 2019


Ron E. Jenks, 70, of Baltic passed away Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Sanford USD Medical Center.

Visitation will be from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at the Minnehaha Funeral Home, Baltic with a Celebration of Life to follow at the Baltic American Legion. A second visitation will be from 10:00 AM to Noon Thursday, December 19, at the Bittner Funeral Home, Mitchell. As per Ron’s request, casual attire at both locations, please. Burial will be in the Serviceman’s Cemetery, Mitchell following the visitation/luncheon.

Ronald E. Jenks was born August 25, 1949 in Mitchell to parents C. Emery and Fern (Plamp) Jenks. Attended country school in Davidson County, graduated from Mt. Vernon High School and then attended Nebraska Votech. Ron worked in the commercial refrigeration industry for over 40 years.

Ron entered the United States Navy in October 1969 and served in the Navy Sea Bees until his honorable discharge in June of 1975.

Ron married Mary Pollreisz April 17, 1971 in Ethan, South Dakota. They lived in Mitchell and Black Hawk, South Dakota, Cherokee, Iowa and the last 21 years in Baltic, SD.

Ron was very active in the community of Baltic. He held a seat on the city council for 10 years. In addition, Ron was a member of the American Legion. He led the fundraising for a veteran’s memorial for the community. One of Ron’s many talents was woodworking. Most recently he made beautiful flag boxes for fellow veterans for whom had passed.

If you were lucky enough to know him, you would have had the pleasure to hear his infectious laugh and enjoy his amazing sense of humor. He knew how to have a great time, but also would be a “rock” for anyone who needed him. Ron touched many lives without even knowing it. It was his nature to share his knowledge for others to thrive. He didn’t need the spotlight, he just wanted to see others excel.

If Ron had a free weekend, you would find him camping and fishing with his wife, Mary. Ron’s pride and joy were his three children and six grandchildren. He would measure his success based on their success.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Mary, Baltic; his children, Troy (Toni), Des Moines, Iowa, Travis, Garretson, and Melany (Daryl), Des Moines, Iowa; his grandchildren, Laurel, Luke, Julia, Jagger, Brayden and Cayle; his siblings, Shirley, Phyllis and Don.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.


Wednesday, December 18, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Minnehaha Funeral Home
180 St. Olaf Avenue
Baltic, South Dakota 57003
Thursday, December 19, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


None Scheduled


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
600 West 23rd Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301

Posted by Brenda (Fortner) Offutt on December 19, 2019
I was a school mate at MVHS with Ron. Sorry for your loss.
Posted by Corey on December 18, 2019
I am very sorry for your family for the loss of a very important member. He brought out the fun and humor in everyone! I will never forget him. He has shared a wealth of knowledge for so many refrigeration technicians. I wish we all had the patience this man had to help people along.
Posted by Kathy Frank on December 18, 2019
Our hearts go out to you and your family. Kathy and Greg
Posted by Carol Faulstich on December 17, 2019
Mary and family: Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. I reflect back to our last class reunion. Was great to see you and Ron there. Cherish your memories, and we pray that God will walk with you in the coming days, and grant you comfort, hope and peace. Love you girl! Stay strong!
Posted by Jan Koch on December 17, 2019
Mary and family: We were saddened and very sorry to hear that Ron passed away.The last time that we saw you was at the Mt. Vernon High School alumni banquet. We pray that you will draw strength and comfort from your faith in God. Thinking of you in the days ahead, Jerry & Jan Koch
Posted by Jon Graves on December 17, 2019
Our sincere sympathy. May Gods peace be with your family. Jon and Joyce
Posted by Jerry Bertsch on December 17, 2019
Our prayers are with you Mary and your family. I have great memories of when we bowled together and then played cards. Ron and yourself were always a pleasure to be with. My best times at NorthWestern was when Ron and I worked together.
Posted by Dave Feiner on December 17, 2019
Mary and family, our deepest sympathy to all of you. Dave and Leona
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