Kenneth Whitmore Jencks – Cumberland

Kenneth Whitmore Jencks – Cumberland

Kenneth Whitmore Jencks, age 96, of Cumberland, Rhode Island, died February 26, 2018, at Mount Saint Rita Health Center, Cumberland. Happily married to Meredith (Manning) Jencks for 72 years, he was born on October 27, 1921, in Woonsocket, R.I., the son of Earl Cook Jencks and Blanche (Whitmore) Jencks Rae. A retired manufacturing engineer at Augat in Attleboro, Mass., he resided at Arnold Mills in Cumberland for 65 years.

Ken was a very dedicated member of the Masonic fraternity. An honorary member of several masonic lodges in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, he was a founder, charter member and past master of Lafayette Lodge in Arnold Mills. From 1976 to 1977, Ken was honored to serve as the Rhode Island Grand Master of Masons and was coroneted as a 33rd degree mason in the Scottish Rite in 1988. Besides being a past Most Wise Master of the Rhode Island Chapter of Rose Croix, he was a member of the Rhode Island Shrine, R.I. Masonic Veterans Association, the Sword of Bunker Hill, and Woonsocket Order of the Eastern Star.

A veteran of World War II, Ken acted as a sergeant in the 303rd Bombardment Group of the Eighth Army Air Force based in Molesworth, England, during the air offensives over Normandy, the Ardennes forest and northern Germany.

Having a keen interest in family history, he was a member of the R.I. Historical Society, the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Founders and Patriots of America. Many of his ancestors were original settlers of Cumberland. He was also a direct descendant of Roger Williams.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Judy (Dick) Ray, of Fox Chapel, Pa., and a son, Brad (Betsy) Jencks of Honolulu, Hawaii; four grandsons, Brady (Katie) Jencks of Honolulu, Thomas (Paulette) Jencks of New York City,Gregory Ray of Toronto, Canada, and Douglas Ray of Philadelphia, Pa.; and two great-granddaughters, McIntyre Jencks and Anna Jencks. He was predeceased by his brother, Stuart E. Jencks.

A Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the morning on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Four Corners Community Chapel, 200 Angell Road, Cumberland. A Masonic memorial service will take place at noon at Lafayette Lodge, 680 Nate Whipple Highway, Arnold Mills followed by a collation. Interment will be private in the Slatersville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lafayette Lodge, c/o Steve Acello, 6 Douglas Drive, Cumberland, RI 02864, or the charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered and memories shared at