Donald L. Jessee, 88, of St. Joseph, passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at Mosaic Life Care, in St. Joseph.
He was born Dec. 11, 1930, son of the late Lawrence and Maize (Saunders) Jessee.
Don married Barbara Knight, on March 24, 1955, in St. Joseph.
They spent 60 years together in marriage, and she preceded him in death, on Dec. 5, 2016.
Don served with the Air Guard, at Rosecrans, following his graduation from Benton High School in 1948.
He then started working for Burlington Northern Railroad, as a switchman/brakeman, retiring in 1990, with 40 years of service.
He was a member of the UTU and Smart TD Union.
Don also attended Kansas City Art Institute, and loved drawing and doing artwork. He also enjoyed woodworking, his grandkids and John Wayne movies.
Preceding him in death are: his parents; wife, Barbara; sister, Helen Rowan; and infant brother, Robert Jessee.
Survivors include: daughter, Michelle (Michael) McGlothlin, of St. Joseph; granddaughters, Kelli McGlothlin, of St. Joseph, and Nicole (Richard) Gribble, of Evans, Georgia; great-grandsons, Liam and Levi Gribble, of Evans; sister, Janis Allen, of St. Joseph; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at Rupp Funeral Home.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at Rupp Funeral Home. Pastor Roger Wilcoxen officiating.
Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Cancer Center, the staff of 2 South Oncology floor, at Mosaic Life Care, and staff at Wathena Health Care.
Online obituary and condolences at www.ruppfuneral.com. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.