A Springboro man who was well known in the Dayton area tool and die industry and who retired as vice president and general manager of Vulcan Tool Company died.
William Jenkins died Jan. 2.
Jenkins joined the Navy at age 16 and served on a Patrol Torpedo (PT) boat in the South Pacific during World War II. After military service, he attended Miami University and the University of Dayton on the GI Bill.
A long time Freemason, Jenkins recently received a 65 year service award from the Masonic Temple. He was also a Shriner and a founding member of the London Bobbies mini-bike parade team.
He was a certified pilot and flew gliders and single-engine planes, including a replica of the Wright Flyer.
Jenkins was a tool and die maker and worked his way up to eventually co-owning or running several local companies. He ultimately retired as vice president and general manager of Vulcan Tool Company on Lorain Avenue in Dayton.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at NCR Country Club, with a special remembrance ceremony at 6 p.m.