Orin Jenkins of Fairborn was overcome with grief at the recent death of his grandfather, Dennis Lee Jenkins.
The 10-year-old mustered the courage at the funeral in Englewood to deliver a eulogy about the beloved man he called “Pepe,” surprising his family and touching many who have seen recordings of it online.
Click above to watch it.
The video his mother Gayle posted to YouTube has gone viral, gaining more than 30,000 views.
Gayle Jenkins said she posted the video because she wanted to inspire others with the love her son expressed for his grandfather and the life her father-in-law Dennis lived.
Orin, a fourth-grader at Hillel Academy of Dayton, didn’t intend to speak at his grandfather’s funeral, but he delivered lines that can touch the core of anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.
“We’re all going to miss him. But it’s not like he’s still gone … He still lives on, we still do what he believes is right,” he says of his pepe.
Watch the video above to hear Orin’s eulogy of his grandfather Dennis Lee Jenkins.
The Englewood resident and Vietnam-era veteran died May 8 at Hospice of Dayton after a battle with cancer.
Jenkins was 64. His funeral was May 14, at Kindred Funeral Home.
The grandfather of seven and father had more than 32 years of service with the Army Corps of Engineers before retiring.