Joshua O. “JJ” Jenkins, age 49, of Marysville, died Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Josh grew up in Zanesville, Ohio where he gained a love for horses, the outdoors and sports. He especially loved basketball. He was an avid fan of the University of Kentucky Wildcats and even had a mural of the Kentucky wildcat painted on the basement wall of his condo, by a family friend. He enjoyed many a guy’s weekend taking in the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament during March Madness. He grew up a Florida State Seminoles football fan, but he was also a fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes football team. He met his future wife at the 2002 National Championship game in Tempe, Arizona. Tammy and Josh enjoyed tailgating and attending Ohio State football games, hosting a nighttime tailgate party at their home where they projected the game on the side of the house for family and friends, cookouts and traveling to California to visit close family friends. Anytime spent laughing and joking with family and friends was cherished. They have fond memories of their vacation to the smokey mountains of Tennessee with family. He enjoyed spending time with his nephew, Aiden, and was recently teaching him to drive using UPS’ Five Seeing Habits. He also enjoyed playing in a summer softball league as well as playing some summer sand volleyball with his wife.
Josh was a 1990 graduate of Zanesville High School, and completed some courses at DeVry University when he started his career at United Parcel Service (UPS). He was an associate of UPS for 30 years, where he worked most recently as a Columbus dispatch manager. If you had a question, JJ was the man to ask. He knew all of the ins and outs of the operation due to his extensive knowledge and diverse job experience at UPS through years. If there was something he didn’t know, he would find an answer and get back to you. Along the way, he met a lot of people and made life-long friendships. Some of which he considered family.
He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Marysville. Josh will be especially remembered for his contagious laugh, big hugs, welcoming smile and big brown eyes, along with numerous and at times exaggerated facial expressions. His delicious steaks will be dearly missed by all who had the opportunity to taste them. Mostly, he will be remembered for his heart of gold. He was always putting others first and would go the extra mile and drop everything for a friend in need. His presence will be truly missed by many.
He was born March 8, 1972, in Zanesville, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his father, Danny Jenkins and his grandparents, Robert “Joe” and Dorothy Ellen Tom and Betty and Dan Jenkins and father-in-law Frank Hood. He is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Tammy E. Hood Jenkins, whom he married April 21, 2007, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Columbus, Ohio; his mother, Janet Tom (Rick) Shelly of Zanesville, Ohio; his sister, Danielle (Ted) Thome of Barrington, Illinois; step-sister Allison (JR) Pruden of Zanesville, Ohio; two nieces, Ava and Claire Thome of Barrington, Illinois; his father-and mother-in-law, Larry and Patricia Barrick of East Canton, Ohio; brother-in-law, Frank Hood; nephew, Aiden Hood of Massillon, Ohio; and many other relatives and close family friends.
The family would like to especially thank the Burn and SICU doctors and nurses on the SICU floor who took such loving care of Josh and Tammy. We also extend our gratitude to the numerous family and friends spread throughout the United States and other countries for their prayers and support.
The family will receive friends 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at Underwood Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. The Rev. Fr. Kevin J. Kavanagh will officiate and interment will be at the church cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.