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OFFICIAL OBITUARY FOR

Edward Allen Jennrich

1951 - 2021

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Edward Allen Jennrich, 69 years old of Salt Lake City, UT passed away unexpectedly Monday, June 14, 2021 at his home.  He was born September 14, 1951 to the late Wilfred and the late Ethel Jennrich in Waukegan, IL.  Ed was a loving son, brother, godfather, uncle and friend to many others.  Ed served in the Navy for 15 years achieving the rank of Lieutenant JG.  Ed was an Engineering Officer on the USS Grayling submarine and traveled the world, including a trip under the North Pole.  He received the Gold Dolphins Achievement medal, the Expeditionary medal, and the National Defense Service medal.  Post his time in the military, Ed worked as an Operations Manager at AECOM/URS.  Co-workers acknowledged Ed as a leader, mentor and person who can be relied upon.  Ed retired in 2017 after 37 years.  He enjoyed the outdoors and hiking various places in the western and southwestern parts of the country.  Ed especially enjoyed collecting Native American pottery, baskets and artwork.  He also enjoyed woodworking.   

Survivors include, siblings, Karen (Philip) Knudsen of Harvard, IL, Karl (Cynthia) of Wonder Lake, IL, Warren (Lisa) of Antioch, IL, Thomas (Cathy) of Lake Villa, IL, and Steven (Mary Kay) of Lombard, IL; and many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews.

Memorial and internment will be held at a later date in Illinois. Arrangements were entrusted to Independent Funeral Services, 2746 S. State St. Salt Lake City, UT 84115. In memory of Ed, donations can be sent to Rescue Mission of Salt Lake, Utah Food Bank, or Wounded Warriors. 

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July 6, 2021 4:06 AM

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Cheryl Vaubel

July 16, 2021 1:07 PM

Ed will be sorely missed in our neighborhood. For 28 years, he was the best and kindest neighbor and friend I ever had.  He always stopped to talk to other neighbors and show an interest in their lives. Whenever I had a minor home project to do, he would always give me advice on what and how to do it and who to call if more help was needed. He kept his yard very neat and tidy and often raked my leaves for me. I have a beautiful deck behind my unit partly through his helping my brother measure, design and build it. Once I told him he was such a great neighbor that he was never allowed to move!
Well, that turned out to be the case, but it would have been great to have him around for many more years. My sympathies to you all. You and your parents can rest assured that Ed was an exceptional friend, neighbor and human being.

Mathew Francis

July 8, 2021 1:30 PM

My condolences to the Jennrich family.  Like Amy I also worked with Ed at URS for many years. I was in a different business unit and whenever Ed would ask to kick an idea around you knew he had something challenging in mind. He was a great strategist and always curious to push the state of knowledge and technology for nuclear waste safety. He lived in a realm of design projects which required science based recommendations that would last 500 or 10,000 yrs. So his aptitude for innovation he honed regularly by doing did his own homework.  One example, he needed a white paper on the equivalence of concrete and shotcrete to justify a design. When I asked why not cite one already published, he responded that while used side by side in construction for 100 yrs, such a paper had never been written. Unbelieving, I looked into it and he was right. So we rolled up our sleeves and made the case.   When I moved to DC to work on a federal program Ed recounted his time at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock along the Potomac River including how he enjoyed running the Billy Goat Trail at lunchtime. That became a favorite run of mine to await the end of beltway rush hour.  I will miss and remember Ed's vision, humor, work ethic and example of integrity. 

Amy Jones

July 5, 2021 6:05 PM

I worked for Ed at URS for many years.  He was a great manager and mentor.  He taught me how to be a leader and still give people the freedom to work in their own way.  We worked many long hours including weekends & holidays on major project.  But he was always working alongside us.  
We also talked a lot about the Salt Lake art festival, and his love of blown glass and native art.  He will be missed.  

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July 2, 2021 11:46 PM
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