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Thurlo Jenkins

Apr 17, 2013 Staff

Thurlo Jenkins, of Riverton, died Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Lander Valley Hospital. He was 54 years old.

A rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Great Plains Hall followed by a wake at his home located at 1520 Quiver Lane in Riverton. Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 19, at Blue Sky Hall. Burial will follow at the Yellow Calf Cemetery. A carry in dinner will follow at Great Plains Hall.

Thurlo James Jenkins Sr. was born Feb. 5, 1959, in Thermopolis, the son of Lloyd Claude Jenkins and Marjorie " Peggy" O'Neal. He was an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe and was given the Indian name of Red Horse Chief.

He spent his life on the Wind River Reservation. He attended schools at St. Stephen's, Marty Indian School in South Dakota and Kicking Horse Job Corps in Montana.

He was a member of St. Stephen's Catholic Church. He also participated in the Native American traditions.

He worked as a bus driver for Wyoming Indian High School for a number of years, served on the Arapaho Tribal Committee, drove truck for Ryan Brothers Trucking from Thermopolis, worked as a cowboy on the Arapaho Ranch and most recently was elected to the Northern Arapaho Business Council.

His family said he loved spending time with all of his grandchildren, visiting with friends and family and cowboying. His passion was for horses and everything involved with them. He also road bare back and enjoyed rodeos. He always had a unique nickname for everyone.

He is survived by his sons, Isaac Jenkins and Thurlo J. (Viola Oldman) Jenkins Jr.; daughters Sylvia Jenkins, Caroline Marie Jenkins, Teryl (Jason Sr.) Myhre and Ashlyn Jenkins; grandchildren Tyrel R. Myhre, Taylor J. Myhre, Jason C. Myhre Jr., Nizhoni Jenkins, Thurlo Jenkins III and Kixinay (Angel) Jenkins; brothers Clarence Jenkins, Darrell O'Neal Sr., Aloysius C'Bearing Sr., Bobby C'Bearing, Terry Tiger, Dennis O' Neal, Kelly O'Neal, Patrick O'Neal Jr., George P. O'Neal, Nicholas Corpuz, Delmont Shakespeare Sr., Raymond Shakespeare, Charlie Pimms, Hubert J. Warren Jr., Paul H. Warren Sr., Jude John Jenkins, Mike Jenkins and Ryan Gambler Sr.; adopted brothers,Steven Headly, Leonard Moss Jr., Sanford Friday and Bender Nacota; sisters Caroline Hill, Marie Jenkins, Judy Warren, Belinda Warren, Kathleen Warren, Pauline Polen, Catherine, Lucy, Michele Jenkins, Claudia Jenkins, Lynelle Shakespeare, Karen Hebah, Molly Holt-O'Neal, Susie Presgrove, Colleen O'Neal, Zoelynn Tiger, Kelly Tiger, Gwen C'Bearing, Jody Pimms, LaWayne Esponiza, Charlene O'Neal, Vicky Shakespeare, Vernita Shakespeare, Ann Shakespeare, Salome Blackburn, Francine LoneBear and Denise Bearing; uncles Kenneth Shakespeare, Matt Tiger, Max Corpuz, Ed "Bobby" Behan, Leonard J. Moss, George Moss and Patrick O'Neal Sr.; aunts Lydia Jenkins, Valene Revere, Caroline Tiger and Katherine Corpuz; godson Adrian Spotted Elk; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd C. Jenkins Sr. and Marjorie "Peggy" Jenkins; brothers Lloyd "Sonny" Jenkins Jr. and Bernard "Jubal" Jenkins; sisters JoAnn Jenkins, Soularie and Josephine Lottie Jenkins; paternal grandparents Thurlo Jenkins and Amanda (Wanstall) Jenkins; maternal grandparents William Patrick O'Neal and Caroline (Friday) O'Neal; nephew Vidale "Blaze" Jenkins; niece Muriel Kelly Soularie; grandson Marcus Thunder; and goddaughter Morgan Dewey.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at

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