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Harold D. "Howdy" Jenkins

January 7, 1926 ~ February 21, 2024 (age 98) 98 Years Old

Harold "Howdy" Jenkins Obituary

Harold D. Jenkins, 98, of Williamsport, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at the Gatehouse at Divine Providence Hospital.

Born January 7, 1926, in Quiggleville, Harold, affectionately known as Howdy to most and "Pop Pop" to his grandchildren, was the son of the late Mahlon and Marie (Hinkleman) Jenkins.

Howdy was a graduate of South Williamsport Area High School and was one of the last surviving members of the class of 1943. During his time at South, Howdy was a member of the basketball and football teams and was junior class President. He was the recipient of the Charles Noll award in 1943.

Following graduation, Howdy enlisted in the U.S. Navy and went overseas during World War II. Howdy was brought home in 1946 due to the death of his father as Howdy was the last surviving Jenkins male.

That October, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Elizabeth Goldy affectionately known as "Pete." Together they shared 58 years of marriage before her passing on March 6, 2003.

Howdy worked for Bell Telephone beginning in 1947 and faithfully served them until his retirement in December of 1982. He would often joke up into his mid 90’s "I bet they’re mad they’re still paying me." Following retirement, Howdy spent several years volunteering with the Bell Telephone pioneers, painting maps on school playgrounds throughout Lycoming County.

Howdy enjoyed the simpler things in life. In his younger years, he played in several adult softball leagues and was a past Vice-President of the Duboistown VFW. He was also an avid ping-pong player, usually staying late with the Bell Telephone boys after work to get a few games in. In 1968, he built a cabin near Rose Valley Lake. He spent many weekends there fishing with his friends and family, sitting on the swing, and listening to the quiet. In 1978, he and Pete turned the cabin into their permanent home while purchasing another property across the street. They remained in Rose Valley until moving back to South Williamsport in 1990. Howdy was fortunate to still spend several days and weekends out "in the woods" at his other cabin and did so up into his mid-80s. Howdy was also a past member of Dog Run Hunting Club.

Pop Pop to his grandchildren, he rarely missed a football or baseball game and was at every home wrestling match. Pop Pop loved his grandkids relentlessly and often ended every visit with a $5 handshake. His grandchildren spent many weekends with him and Pete out at their home and cabin and he often had them splitting wood and cutting grass, teaching them the value of hard work and how to earn a dollar.

Howdy is survived by his oldest son, Harold Jr. "Jerry" Jenkins and his longtime companion, Pat Perrich of Pittsburgh. He is also survived by his daughter in-law, Chrissy Jenkins of Williamsport, in addition to five grandchildren, Aaron Jenkins, of San Francisco, Ca; Kevin Jenkins (Mendi) of Dover, De.; Keith Jenkins of Nazareth; Matthew Jenkins of Gettysburg; Katherine Tomlinson (Brandon)of Salisbury, Md., and a step-granddaughter, Amanda Simmons of Williamsport. There are also 11 great-grandchildren and two step-great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Howdy was predeceased by two sons, Michael D. in 2018 and Mark in 1953.

A graveside service will be held privately at the convenience of the family in St. Michael’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.

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Private Committal

St. Michael's Lutheran Church Cemetery
1877 St Michaels Rd.
Cogan Station, PA 17728


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