W. Armour "Jake" Jenkins III, a retired quality-control technician and World War II veteran, died Monday of pneumonia at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 88.
Mr. Jenkins was born in Baltimore and raised on North Calvert Street, and at "Remembrance," his family's summer home in Long Green Valley.
He was a 1938 graduate of Loyola High School and attended Loyola College.
After his father's death, he dropped out of college to help support his family, said a daughter, Ellen J. Harrington of Lutherville.
In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces and served as a navigator in the Pacific. He remained in the Air Force Reserves until 1980, when he retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Mr. Jenkins was a quality-control technician at Procter & Gamble in Locust Point for 29 years until retiring in 1978.
A genealogist, Mr. Jenkins researched and published Thomas Jenkins of Maryland 1670 in 1985.
His family had donated the land, across from their summer home in Hydes, where St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church was built in 1822.
They also built Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church on Mount Royal and Lafayette avenues in 1881, family members said.
Mr. Jenkins, who had lived in Owings Mills and Lutherville before moving to Oak Crest Village in Parkville two years ago, enjoyed gardening and building furniture.
He had been a communicant and usher at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glyndon and at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Cockeysville.
His wife of 58 years, the former Jane Finn, died in 2007.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist, 13305 Long Green Pike.
Also surviving are two sons, William A. Jenkins IV of Ellicott City and Jay David Jenkins of Boulder, Colo.; three other daughters, Laura A. Jenkins of Rodgers Forge, Barbara J. Smearman of Hamilton and Courtney J. Donovan of Lutherville; a brother, Carrell L. Jenkins of Towson; and 10 grandchildren.