Jr, as most people called him, was born to the late Vaughn and Zelma (Morse) Jennings on November 24, 1937 in West LeRoy on the Burr Morse family farm. He was the oldest of three sons. At an early age, Jr was taught the true meaning of ethics, hard work and FARMING.
Jr attended LeRoy school and was a part of the first graduating class of the new Canton Area High School. The class of 1955. While in school he was a member of the Future Farmers of American. He helped on his family dairy farm in LeRoy, where they milked Holstein cows and worked alongside working horses.
On July 6, 1956 Jr entered the United States Army. He reported to Ft Dix, New Jersey. On his first duty day he mowed the entire yard from one end to the other of the flight line. He served a tour in Germany as a tractor operator. Jr enjoyed telling stories how he drove trucks over the Rein River on floating bridges. This is where he fell in love with trucking. After his military service ended in 1958, Jr returned to LeRoy and began operating his own dairy farm and was employed by Percival Coal Company.