Clayton M. Jenks, Jr., formerly of Bristol, Conn., entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 23, 2017. He is preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Janet Jenks; his father, Clayton Jenks, Sr.; his wife, Orella of Maine; and his brothers, Andy Jenks and Arthur Jenks of Simsbury, Conn. He leaves a sister-in-law, Peggy Jenks of Simsbury; dear cousins, many friends and caretakers. He enjoyed many years of care and adventure with his adopted daughter, Sheila and her family.
Mr. Jenks attended Weaver High School where he played on the Weaver Beavers Baseball Team. He quit school in 1939 in order to work as a head usher at the Strand Theatre that was on Main Street in Hartford, Conn. Clayton joined the Naval Air Force and became a PBY Catalina Crew Chief. He proudly served our country from 1941–1945. After his military service, he returned home and became an amateur boxer and worked with Johnny Duke at The Main Street Gym and Bellevue Square Boys Club in Hartford, Conn., and managed boxers for five years. He loved the time that he spent with Johnny Duke and Willie Pep.
He later became a patent draftsman with Royal Typewriter Company in Hartford, Conn., illustrating the newest typewriter designs for legal patents. After retiring from Royal, Mr. Jenks enjoyed many days working in his garden, playing golf at Chippanee Golf Club, going to the shore and woodworking in his garage.
A graveside service will be held at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 522 Terryville Ave., Bristol, Conn., on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.
Cremation Center of Chattanooga.