Gerald L. Jessee

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Dec. 25, 1934 - Nov. 13, 2006

IMPERIAL -- Gerald Loris Jesse 71, died Monday (Nov. 13, 2006) at his home.

He was born Dec. 25, 1934, at Imperial to Calvin K. and Eula D. (Alsbury) Jessee. He grew up and attended District No. 33 country school in Dundy County. He graduated from Dundy County High School in 1952. He farmed with his father and brother, Doran, before being inducted into the U.S. Army in 1955. He served in Korea. He returned to the farm in 1957.

On Dec. 29, 1968, he married Betty Elaine Hager. They made their home northeast of Benkelman and lived their until his death.

He was a member of the American Veterans, extension board, and served 18 years on the Dundy County School Board. He was involved in 4-H as a leader and the International Youth Fellowship Organization.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and father-in-law, Lloyd "Shorty" Hager.

Survivors include his wife, Betty of Benkelman; mother-in-law, Bonnie Hager of Imperial; three daughters Melissa Cochran and husband, Tony of Imperial, Julie Jessee of Benkelman, and Katie Jo Markheim and husband, Justin of Kimball; one brother, Doran Jessee and wife, Dorothy of Benkelman; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside inurment services was Thursday at 2 p.m., (MT) at the Riverside Cemetery at Wauneta with the Rev. Keith Wellman officiating.

Memorials may be given in his name to the Dundy County Schools Foundation Scholarship.

Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements