Ronald R. Jenkins


January 19, 1934 - April 20, 2020


Ronald R. Jenkins, 86, of Mitchell, SD, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2020 at Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell.

A private family service will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 10:30 AM and can be viewed at:

Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Ronald Richard Jenkins was born on January 19, 1934 in Early, Iowa to William Boyd Jenkins and Genevieve LaVerne (Hinde) Jenkins. He grew up and attended school in Early, Iowa. He attended college at the University of South Dakota, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He later served as president of their housing association. He was also a member of the Coyote baseball team.  Ron met Eleanor Toft at USD and the couple married on July 28, 1956, in Mitchell, SD. Ron and Eleanor lived in Germany while Ron served in the US Army from 1956 to 1957.

Ron worked at McCook County National Bank in Salem. The couple moved to Mitchell in 1962 and Ron started working at Commercial Trust and Savings Bank as a Teller and eventually worked his way up to President, retiring in 1985. He then worked at Farmers and Merchants Bank in Huron and Yankton. When Ron moved back to Mitchell, he worked at Boyd Financial Services for 10 years.

He was an active member of the Mitchell First United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed singing in the church choir and attending Sunday School classes. He was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Rotary Club, Masonic Temple, Davison County Republicans, and Mitchell Jaycees. Ron served on the Methodist Hospital Board, Board of Trustees of Dakota Wesleyan University, Oscar Howe Art Center, Middle Border Museum, and on the State Library Board under Governor Farrar.

Ron enjoyed an active retirement; spending time at his cabin in the Black Hills in the summer, and enjoying nicer weather in Florida during the winter. Ron and Eleanor enjoyed serving cookies and refreshments every fall to the Mickelson Trail Trek riders in front of their cabin for over 20 years. His hobbies included duck and pheasant hunting, fishing, golfing, racquetball, and bike riding. He enjoyed many years of summer fishing trips to Keefe Lake in Canada. He was always in for a game of cribbage and enjoyed keeping his mind active with puzzles and crosswords.

Ron and Eleanor showed hospitality to friends, family, and acquaintances throughout their married life.  Ron's greatest joy was spending time with his family and creating great memories with his children and grandchildren.

Ron is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eleanor Jenkins, Mitchell; three daughters, Julie (Joe) Lichter, McKinney, TX, Nancy (Todd) Boyd, Mitchell, and Susan (Jim) Fitzgibbons, Sioux Falls; nine grandchildren, Laura (Dustin) Kerschner, Oconomowoc, WI, Emily Lichter, Lincoln, NE, David Lichter, Chicago, IL, Andrew (Kyla) Boyd, Sioux Falls, Ryan (Erika) Boyd, Mitchell, Spencer Boyd (Anna Keefe), Mitchell, and Frank, Jack, and Maggie Fitzgibbons, all of Sioux Falls; three great-grandchildren, Brooklynn and Mitchell Kerschner, and Cooper Boyd. He was blessed with a very close extended family, including numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, LaVerne Jenkins Geisinger and William Jenkins; brother, William “Bill” Jenkins; sister, Patricia Petrilla; and stepfather, Gilbert Geisinger.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Downtown Mitchell First United Methodist Church or Dakota Wesleyan University.



None Scheduled


Thursday, April 23, 2020
10:30 AM
A private family service can be viewed at:


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Rochelle and Beth. on April 25, 2020
Have slwaus been a fan of Susans dad as I knew him. UNTIL last summer when the Fitzgibbons family (Susa) invited us to stay at the family cabin on the black hills. What a treat. Ron was in rare firm singing to my mother in-laws guitar playing (pikinpeggy). What a great night with the Fitzgibbons, a night to remember. Rip gentle soul.
Posted by Jen Larsen on April 24, 2020
My thoughts and prayers to you and your families.
Posted by Carol Fergen on April 24, 2020
My sincerest sympathy Nancy and family in the loss of your beloved father.
Posted by Lorraine Alfred on April 24, 2020
Ron lived a full life, a true renaissance man. He left an amazing footprint throughout his life. . My sincere sympathy to Eleanor, Julie, Nancy, Susan, and their families, as you travel this grief journey. Love and Prayers.
Posted by Mary Brady Schaefer on April 23, 2020
Julie and families, I send my prayers and hugs. May the memories be your strength. Your father was an amazing man.
Posted by E Steeves and Louise Smith on April 23, 2020
Ron was a dedicated supporter of his community and provided valuable leadership through the yeats. He will surely be missed. Our sympathies to all the fsmily
Posted by Charlene Harbert on April 23, 2020
I'm sorry for the loss of your father. Appreciate the memories and hold them in your heart. Bless you and your family.🙏🙏
Posted by Larry and Margaret Hale on April 23, 2020
On behalf of the entire Hale Family...we are truly sorry for this lose to our family as we considered Ron and Elinor as part of ours. So many memories for Maury, Dottie, Joan, Craig, Amy and Larry! God has Blessed you Ron and God be with your Family!
Posted by John & Becky Olson on April 23, 2020
So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. I worked with Ron at Commercial Bank. We're very sorry for your loss.
Posted by Mark Lichter on April 23, 2020
The pastor gave a great message! Thank you! Ron was a special man. A great leader and a gentleman's gentleman. I knew him while he was the president of Commercial Bank and while I was working at Browers Office Supply. He would come over quite frequently to gain wisdom from Arden Brower. Very good memories. He was a good man. Very athletic and schooled many in sports! I do remember another story where my dad and I went on a hunting trip that was organized by Ron. He showed his leadership skills in that I was so impressed by how he explained the process of hunting and gave us many pointers. If I remember correctly there were close to 25-30 people at the hunt. We loaded up on one of the pickups with our guns and there was this doctor from Mitchell, can't remember his name, (maybe it is for the better!) that shot his gone from the back of the pickup as he saw a bird fly by. Ron gave him a good tongue lashing in a very gentlemanly way, but also got his point across. I was very impressed with his ability to correct the situation. He didn't even use swear words! My sympathies go out to the family of Ron, especially Eleanor. May God bless you in this time of loss and know that many people are praying for you and your family. Mark Lichter
Posted by Cindy Dappen on April 23, 2020
So sorry for your lose.
Posted by Kay Shafer on April 22, 2020
Ron was an officer, 1 of my bosses, when I worked at the Commercial Bank, I must say he was a handsome man even ti his death. He was always very cordial as we would meet & greet each other over the years.

We know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. 
May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jenkins family during this very difficult time. ✝️
Posted by Glenn Mannes on April 22, 2020
I am currently a retired architect in Yankton. My firm performed services for Ron's bank a several occasions. Ron and I also had a correction at Mystic in the Black Hills. Alond with my wife and 2 children, for about 12 years we stayed at my uncle's cabin, located only 1/2 mile east of Ron's cabin in the Hills. We went out to the Hills over SDEA and during the President's Holiday. Please accept my condolences. Ron was a wonderful man!!
Posted by Keith Uhl on April 22, 2020
YITB #799 here. Ron Jenkins was instrumental in Tridentia and laying roots for ongoing success of Phi Delta Theta at USD. Thankyou. The good spirit lives, as does Ron's.
Posted by Victor and Toni Guida on April 22, 2020
Julie, we are truly sorry for the loss of your father. What a wonderful man he was. He opened his home to my family and welcomed us with opened arms. Our prayers are with your family at this time.
Posted by Jason Forbes on April 22, 2020
In Coelo Quies Est Brother Ron
Posted by Lloyd and Darlene Lueken on April 22, 2020
For many years we have enjoyed time together with Ron and Eleanor in the Black Hills, Mitchell, and in Florida. . He was a real gentleman and a good friend. Our sympathy to the family.
Posted by Becky Allbee Griebel on April 22, 2020
So sorry to hear of your dad's passing Nancy & Susan. May God's loving arms wrap you and your familes with love and support.
Posted by Eldon and Mary Jean Jensen on April 22, 2020
What a great friend was Ron, although we didn't become acquainted until "retirement years".! From Mystic on the Trail to Venice, FL we enjoyed the times together. We know he now rests in Peace. .
Posted by Mary Kieff/Marge Bertsch on April 22, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Posted by John & Marci O’Connell on April 22, 2020
What an honor to have known Ron. Looked forward to seeing him on the Mickelson Trail, every year, for over 20 years. He was the best!
Posted by Gerry and Alice Lange on April 22, 2020
Our sympathy to the family.

Our sympathy to the family. Ron was a generous, kind. patient, gentle neighbor. He was most welcoming and heloful when we came to Mystic. We will miss him.
Posted by Sharon Kinzley on April 21, 2020
Eleanor and family,
On behalf of the Kinzley family, I want to extend our deepest sympathy at this difficult time.
Posted by Anne and Tip French on April 21, 2020
Ron and Eleanor were our very close friends from the time we built our home in Mystic. We and the rest of the central Hills will miss Ron in a big way..God bless Eleanor and the rest of the family.
Posted by Miggs & Rick Gillis on April 21, 2020
We were so saddened to know of Ron's passing. He and your Mother were always such warm and caring family members. We are sorry this is such a difficult time that all his friends can't be with you
Posted by Charlie & Wanda Kobes on April 21, 2020
So sorry to all of you for this loss ! Everyone that was blessed to know Ron will miss him !! Thoughts and prayers to all of you !!!
Posted by Roe and Pat Eidsness on April 21, 2020
We can’t imagine our bike rides through Mystic Heights without you there, Ron! We’ll miss you,
Posted by Deb Sanborn on April 21, 2020
Rest in peace, Ron
Posted by Tom Riddle on April 21, 2020
Thoughts and prayers with his family,
Posted by Mike and Jane Goldammer on April 21, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers to Eleanor and the rest of his family. We were privileged to have known him. Prayers for you all.
Posted by Carol and Tom Olson on April 21, 2020
We have only known Ron for a few years, but I admired him warm and welcoming personality, and his help counting during an engaging game of cribbage. He will be missed.
Posted by Jan Quenzer on April 21, 2020
My love and sympathy. God bless you Elenor and family as you travel through the journey of grief. Joshua 1:9!!
Posted by Rollie and Ella Loon on April 21, 2030 on April 21, 2020
We are so sorry to learn of Ron’s passing. He was a great man and a good friend, always with a warm smile. He will be missed by all of us who were privileged to know him. God’s Blessings to Eleanor and their family.
Posted by Floyd Gillis on April 21, 2020
Ron was a very wise man. A good family anchor. RIP Ron
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