Norwalk man killed in snowmobile accident

Crash takes place Saturday night in Townsend Township.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Dec 15, 2013


The Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at 11:45 p.m. Saturday on Hartland Center Road, about one-third of a mile north of U.S. 20 in Townsend Township in Huron County.

Gary Jenkins, 44, of Norwalk, was operating a 1997 Ski-Doo snowmobile southbound alongside the east side of Hartland Center Road when the snowmobile struck a culvert, ejecting him. The snowmobile then struck a tree and came to rest.

Jenkins, who was wearing a helmet, was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Jeffrey Harwood, Huron County coroner. His body was transported from the scene by Citizens EMS to Mormon Funeral home in Wakeman.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Townsend Fire Department, Citizens EMS, Huron County Coroner’s Office and Norb’s Towing.

Sgt. Brian Gockstetter of the Norwalk post said people operating snowmobiles and similar vehicles should wear safety equipment such as helmets.

Gockstetter said it’s unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the accident.

“Obviously we would urge anybody operating any type of vehilce, including snowmobiles, to refrain from drinking and operating,” he said.

Jenkins worked at Republic Waste Services, where he was known as “Junk Man Jenkins.” He was a Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiast.

Survivors include his son, Alec Jenkins, and mother, Myra (Parker) Jenkins of Norwalk, as well as four sisters who live in this area.

Calling hours will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Evans Funeral Home in Norwalk, where a funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. A complete obituary is posted HERE.



You are so loved Gary ..RIP

All taken

My heart is torn, my tears are falling. I will miss you so much. R.I.P.


Wow! I hadn't seen him since Edison/Milan years.. Good guy, surely didn't want this to be the way to here a name from the past.


I coached his son in baseball for years, great father he will be sadly missed. Went to high school with him as well.

Kottage Kat

My heart is broken for the Jenkins family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you and for you. God's comfort.

jack langhals

I didn't know Gary personally but my son and his wife worked with him.They say he was one of the finest. RIP !Bless his family and help them deal with this tragedy !


RIP Gary. Alec and Cin- you are in my prayers. May God hold you closely in his arms.


Awww damn dude. So sorry for the family. Rest in peace jenk.


Just saw him a few weeks ago. Our conversation covered the basics family work etc. Gary was such a warm hearted guy, he pointed out his visible tattoos and said that a lot of people see those and think he is a trouble maker, but he said, in truth, he is just a big teddy bear just enjoying life family etc. I too went to school with Gary so I have known him for over thirty years. I didn't see him that often a couple of times a year usually a Harley event of some kind, but I enjoyed catching up with him. He will be missed by all that knew him....... I'm glad he was my friend.

Cliff Cannon

Very sorry to hear about your dad Alec. To have raised such a fine son, he must been one heck of a good man.


Prayers for the family, and friends. Sad this time of year, to lose a loved one, May there be peace, and bring the family close together


To a great friend you will be truely missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and all those who were blessed to know you!
RIP my friend until we meet again.


This is so sad. I have known Gary for a very long time. He was such a good hearted man. I can say a million good things. I know he wouldn't want me to cry, but I can't help but to have tears run down my face. God got a good one! Im glad and honored to have been a friend. God bless his family.

Call Me Crazy

Gary was a great person. He had a heart of gold! Was such a good friend, great with children and really cared about his family and friends. He will be missed by so many people. I don't think he understood how many peoples lives he's impacted. The last deep conversation we had was the end of November and Gary if you are looking down on me right now I will say that I WILL take your advice because you are one smart fella! Miss you more than you will EVER know man!!! See you on the other side bro..... please watch over my family....Live, laugh, and love and may you rest in eternal peace....our lives will never be the same without you


Gary was an incredible person! He is up there with his nephew, Tony. Condolences go out to this family.

modern concrete

And with his dad! Beth Ann I am so sorry for your loss!!!!

Call Me Crazy

Still so hard to believe :(


My Condolences to the family. Gary was an amazing person. I am happy I got to know him. So kind hearted, and caring. He exemplifies the saying of "do not judge a book by its cover". Gary was into his "ink" and piercings. If you did not know him or talk to him, the default stereotype of "hard core biker dude would apply. But Gary was far from that. He embraced busting those stereotypes. He loved life, family and friends. He had a very philosophical approach to life. Kids gravitated towards his kind demeanor. My kids enjoyed playing with him at the local pool. My youngest likes Jonny Cash because of him :) . Last Summer I witness him helping someone when a stranger went to the pool and said her friend was unconscious, locked in her apartment and he jumped to action to help. You will be missed my friend!!! :(


Gary you were a great neighbor and friend. Rest in peace Brother. You will be greatly missed.


This is A MUCH classier set of comments than what I read on the Register site. These comments make me wish I would have known him as he sounds like a great guy. RIP Gary, sounds like you had a TON of friends!


Missing you so much!
So many times I reminded you to ash your cigarette ...I keep looking at this picture and wanting to ash it for you.
You are forever in my heart!
Love you like no other beautiful.