DECATUR -- Jesse Fenton Jinks, 71, passed away in the early hours of Sunday, September 15 at St. John's hospital in Springfield, IL as a result of a sudden stroke. He was surrounded by his four sons, daughter and wife, who held his hand as he passed.

Born in Decatur, IL, he was the only son of Evelyn and H.B. Jinks. He is survived by his wife Monica, children Jill, Jeremy, Jarrad, Jesse, and Jordan, and sisters Marsha and Kathy.

He was preceded in death by his infant son, Jacob.

He graduated from Lakeview High School in 1966, served his country in the Army during Vietnam, and worked at Caterpillar for over 45 years.

Happily retiring at age 62, he enjoyed being outdoors—fishing, grilling, and working around the house. He cherished his wife Monica of almost 32 years and his two beloved beagles, Cuppy and Runt.

His wife and friends will always remember him as a man who knew what he loved, who was not afraid to share his opinion, and took pride in the family legacy he had established.

Should family or friends desire, contributions in Jesse's memory can be made to an organization close to his heart—St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The family of Jesse Jinks is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the complete online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.

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