Jenkinson closing in on 90 and still going strong
GREENIVLLE – Waldo “Walley” Jenkinson can be found on the golf course most days golfing or watching his great-granddaughter Kenna Jenkinson compete for the Lady Wave varsity golf team.
Jenkinson, a 1950 graduate of Jackson Township School, now Mississnawa Valley, played baseball and basketball for the Jackson Redskins.
“We didn’t do bad,” Jenkinson said of his high school playing days. “We ended up winning baseball. I was going to go on to college and play baseball but I ended up going to the service.”
Jenkinson served in the US Army from 1951-1953 and spent 16-months in Germany. Following the service he worked 30-years at Hobarts and 10-years for Whirlpool.
With a love for sports, Jenkinson tuned to officiating where he umpired baseball for 41-years, refereed basketball for 37-years and officiated football for 15-years before hanging up his whistle 30-years ago.
“I loved it,” Jenkinson stated, “that is why I did it so many years.”
Jenkinson continues to be seen at many sporting events; now watching his great-grandchildren including Lady Wave golf standout, Kenna Jenkinson and her younger sister.
“I enjoy watching Kenna, my great granddaughter and her sister,” Jenkinson noted, “and I have four great-grandsons that play football for St. Henry.”
Jenkinson has seen a change in high school sports since his playing days and retirement from officiating.
“The biggest thing I can see different, there’s more good athletes in one class instead of one or two good athletes,” he said.
“I’ll be 90 in November,” Jenkinson concluded. “I try to play golf four times a week – 18 holes a day.”