Dwain Allen Jenista

1939 - 1979

The following is taken from the Nevada Daily Mail newspaper from Nevada, Missouri on January 18, 1979.
According to his daughter, Heather, Dwain developed cancer of the kidneys, which was successfully treated for a while, but returned, causing his death.

Former Episcopal Church rector dies

The Rev. Dwain Allen Jenista, 39, former rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Nevada, died Tuesday night in St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City after a long illness. A Eucharist service for Jenista is set for 10:30a.m. Saturday at All Saint's Episcopal Church, where he served for six years. The Nevada Community Choir will sing at the service. Burial office and memorial Eucharist for Jenista will be at 5:30p.m. Friday at St. Francis Anglican Church Third and Main in Fort Scott. After leaving last fall, Jenista was associated with Western Insurance Companies, with home offices in Fort Scott, and was rector of St. Francis Anglican Church there.

He was born May 10, 1939, in Caldwell, Kan., the son of Earnest F. and Jennie Karesh Jenista. He attended public schools in Caldwell and Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. He received a bachelor's degree in music in 1961 from the University of Kansas and was a 1965 graduate of the Episcopal Theology Seminary in Lexington, Ky. He received a master's degree in liberal arts from Southern Methodist University through Baker University, Baldwin City, Kan., in 1978. He was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church Feb. 2, 1966, and was a curate in Norwich, N.Y. He also served in the mission fields of Larned and Kinsley, Kan., and Gregory County, S.D. While a resident of Nevada, he was a member of the Lions Club and a past member of the Jaycees. He was accompanist five years for the Nevada Community Choir and participated in its Dec. 16 Christmas concert. While at All Saints' Church he was active with the youth of the parish and was responsible for the installation of the church's present organ. He was active in the Interchurch Coordinating Council.

He married Kay Lytle, April 15, 1961 in Winfield, Kan. Survivors include his wife and three children, Heather Elaine, 16, Geoffrey, 13, and Christopher, 11, all of the home; his parents of Caldwell, Kan.; a brother, David Jenista of Wichita, Kan.; a sister, Carol Jenista of Kansas City, Kan., and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Emma Karesh of Caldwell, Kan. Memorial funds have been established at All Saints' Church in Nevada and St. Francis Church in Fort Scott.