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Bruce A. Jenkins

June 4, 1933 March 17, 2021
Bruce A. Jenkins
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Bruce A. Jenkins, age 87, of Wacousta, MI, passed away on March 17, 2021. He was born June 4, 1933 in Lansing, Michigan, son of George and Margaret (Hoeflinger) Jenkins. In 1949, at the age of sixteen, Bruce obtained his pilot license, becoming the youngest licensed pilot in the state of Michigan. Bruce served in the U.S. Army, and later in the National Guard, reaching the rank of First Lieutenant. He received an honorable discharge in 1961. He worked for General Motors for 32 years before retiring, beginning as a wood model maker and progressing to mechanical engineer before writing a textbook on plastic tooling techniques at GM’s request and teaching classes on the subject to GM employees. After retiring from GM, Bruce traveled across the continental United States and into Canada, and even to Japan, giving seminars on advanced plastic tooling methods. At various times, he was recognized by Who’s Who and the International Register of Profiles as one of the leading experts in the field of plastic tooling. Throughout his career at GM and beyond, Bruce served as a pastor of various churches. Bruce’s work as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ began in Arizona, in 1966, and continued until the day of his death, a ministry spanning 55 years. He served as the pastor of the Harquahala Valley Church in Arizona, and the South Riley Bible Church, Eagle Foursquare Gospel Church, and River of Life Full Gospel Church – the three latter churches being in Michigan. Bruce was also the founder and director of Gospel Pioneers Port Hope, a faith based non-profit organization focused on prayer ministry. Despite attending Bible college and completing additional ministerial training before first beginning his work as a pastor, Bruce continued to pursue his religious and Scriptural studies throughout his life, and obtained his Doctorate of Theology (PhD) in the year 2000. Bruce was also a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, and constructed several small aircraft during his years at General Motors and during his retirement.

He was predeceased by his parents and son, James Davis. Bruce is survived by his wife of 54 years, Peggy (Unruh); 3 daughters: Debra (Gary) Thuma, Jean Davis, and Diane (Eric) Carpenter; sons, David and Mark (Elisha) Jenkins; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; brothers, John Jenkins and Philip (Christa) Tinlin.

A memorial will be held at a later date. Those wishing to send flowers in loving memory of Bruce Jenkins should contact his son, David Jenkins. Arrangements have been entrusted by the family to Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. Online condolences can be shared at

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