Neil Edward Jenne

May 24, 1952 — March 7, 2019

From Richland, WABorn in Richland, WA

Neil, age 66, went to be with our Lord on March 7, 2019.  Neil was born on May 24, 1952 in Richland, WA to parents Donald and Anita (Leek) Jenne.  He was a lifelong Tri-City resident and he graduated from Columbia High School, Class of 1970.  Neil was a Marine veteran.  On July 4, 1976, Neil married Betty Tillotson in Pasco, WA. The bulk of Neil’s career was held in Electrical Supply Distribution. 

Neil adored his children and grandchildren and cherished the moments spent with family. The most important thing to him was being a father, this is what he considered his greatest accomplishment. Neil had a quirky sense of humor and loved to play practical jokes on co-workers, friends and loved ones.  He loved pets and always had a treat for the neighborhood dogs and cats.  He enjoyed making his award winning chili and enjoying a bowl with an ice cold Coca Cola. Neil also enjoyed watching his favorite programs (Judge Judy, Dr. Phil, & METV), educational reading and talking politics.  He will be remembered for his loving heart, his sense of humor and his stubbornness. Neil was a generous and kind spirit and was beloved by all who knew him; he will be missed greatly.

Special thanks to Betty Jenne and the staff at Brookdale Memory Care in Richland for taking exceptional care of him. An additional thanks to hospice for their care in his final months.

Neil is survived by his daughter Cheri (Jenne) Coble of Eugene, OR; son Cameron Jenne of Kennewick, WA; stepson Benjamin Roberts of Spokane, WA; and grandchildren Addison Coble, Ian Coble, Isaac Jenne, Katie Jenne, and step grandchildren Isaac Roberts and Ryan Roberts. Other survivors include sisters Lorita Bayless of Richland, WA and Lila Brackenbush of Renton, WA.  Neil was preceded in death by his parents Donald and Anita, sister Alison (Jenne) Satterlee, and brother Don Jenne.

The family will be scheduling a Celebration of Life.  Donations in Neil’s memory can be made to Hospice (Chaplaincy Health Care) or Dementia Society of America.



Guestbook for

Neil Edward Jenne


  • Neil and I went to kindergarten together and remained friends throughout high school and beyond. I was best man at his wedding. The last time I saw him was over 20 years ago when I was back in Richland for my father's funeral. He was a good friend. I'll miss him.

    Kevin Schmidt
    March 13, 2019
    Aiken, SC
  • I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Neal. We grew up in the same neighborhood in Richland and went to elementary, Jr. High, and High School together. I extend my sincere sympathy to his family.

    Nancy Moore (Col-Hi Class of '70)
    March 12, 2019
    Henderson, NV
  • I went to High School with Neil, he was always very nice, kind person. My sincerest sympathy to his family.

    Tom Brown
    March 12, 2019
    Richland, WA

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