Floyd Jenni, 94, of Lewistown, beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, cousin and brother passed away quietly in his sleep on Jan. 27, 2020, after a long and happy life. Floyd was born Jan. 13, 1926, to Fred and Bell (Kynett) Jenni of Lewistown. He attended the Jenni School through 8th grade and graduated from Fergus High School in 1943. Floyd was kept from military service by a physical issue and spent the years of WWII ranching with his father and attending Montana State College, where he graduated with honors in Agriculture Education in 1948.
In 1947, Floyd married Peggy Conard whom he met at a community dance when they were both in high school. They were a devoted couple who would have celebrated 72 years of marriage in June 2019 had Peggy not passed away in May. In their younger years, they enjoyed square dancing, playing cards with neighbors and friends, and gathering with their large, extended families for holidays and reunions. They spent countless hours attending 4-H events, and their children’s school activities.
Floyd was universally respected and loved for his authentic and thoughtful nature, his quick but gentle wit, and his thoughtfulness and kindness.
Floyd was an active member of the community and an innovative rancher on his grandfather’s homestead from 1950 until 2014, when he and Peggy moved to Lewistown. He won many honors and awards, including Jaycee Outstanding Young Farmer of Fergus County in 1955. He was active in Farm Bureau, First Presbyterian Church, and league bowling. Floyd and Peggy enjoyed travel in their later years, visiting Hawaii, Glacier Bay in Alaska, the Holy Land, and many other destinations.
Floyd was a devoted member of Masonic organizations, holding local and/or state offices in Friendship Lodge #39, the York Rite Chapter, Council, and Commandery, Scottish Rite, Al Bedoo Shrine, and Order of Eastern Star. He served as Grand Master for the Grand Lodge of MT in 1969-70. In 2015, he received the national Ephraim Kirby award for service beyond the normal boundaries of dedication.
He is survived by son Gary Jenni (wife Kathryn), daughters Cheryl (husband Dennis Skovgaard), Kathie Jenni, Sandra Jenni Blair, and Debra Jenni; grandchildren Terry Jenni, Jamie Longtine, Corri Blair, Casey Blair, Chris Morin, Michael Corry, and LeeAnne Sindt; great grandchildren Maya and Levi Jenni, Bridger Longtine, Regan and Rylan Corry, and Ian, Abigail, and Alexander Sindt; sister Helen Jenni Rice, sister-in-law LaVerna Conard and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, brother Lawrence Jenni, sister Mildred Jenni Gatz, his beloved Peggy, and great grandson Hunter Longtine.
A joint celebration of Floyd’s and Peggy’s lives will be held at a time as yet undecided. Cremation has taken place and committal will be at a later date in Central Montana Memorial Gardens. The Cloyd Funeral Home is assisting the family
Floyd’s family expresses thanks to Donna Van Tassel and the staff at the Villa and at Central Montana Nursing and Rehab Center for making Floyd’s last years as comfortable as possible. Those wishing to honor him with a memorial gift are encouraged to consider donations to First Presbyterian Church, Friendship Lodge #39, or the charity of their choice. Memorials may be left at Cloyd Funeral Home.