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Gene Arnold Jesse, 78, of Nashport, went away gently into the eternal sleep at Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital February 27, 2013, at 6:10 A.M. Gene was a husband, father and grandfather who was loved deeply by his family and friends. He was born in Beckley, WV, on July 4, 1934, to the late Richard Jesse and Violet Williams Jesse Martin.
When he was a kid, Gene was a paper boy, and as a teen, worked at Kroger’s. He was always an ambitious person. He graduated from Lash High School in 1952.
Gene came from a large family who are very loving and caring. Surviving are his wife, originally from Gilmer County, WV, Leragene “Genie” Louise Singleton Jesse, whom he married in 1953; a daughter Robin Ann (Charles) Hagedorn of Boston, MA; grandson David Charles of San Franciso, CA; granddaughter Kathlin Ann “Kati Ann” of Boston, MA; two sisters, Barbara Knepper, and Rosa Lee (Jack) Walters; brother-in-law Manny Council; and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Jesse of Zanesville, Teresa Jesse of Zanesville, and Rennie (Eldon) Singleton Johnson, of Buckhannon, WV.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Willey Jesse, James Jesse, Edward Jesse; youngest sister Carol Council; and sister-in-law Bonnie Baker Jesse. What a great reunion up there in heaven.
Gene was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir in the 1960’s. He was a member of The Naval Reserve for 8 years.
Gene was a carpenter by trade. He worked for Dunzwieler Construction Company in the 1950’s, sold real estate in the 1960’s, and did carpentry work on his own. He worked for the City of Zanesville as a Building Supervisor for 23 years; the last year and a half as a City Service Director. While at the City, he received a plaque which is in Putnam Hill Park, for Extra Service, a plaque from Roni Dodson for helping with Bethesda Hospital Corporate Cup, and the “Gift of Roses” from Imlay Florist for the key role of making the Corporate Cup a success.
Gene was an avid bowler, golfer, and at one time played softball and soccer for the city teams. He loved the trips with his son-in-law Chuck and grandson David to the Allagash Waterways of Maine, where they camped, fished, and canoed on the river.
Gene built his own home, and after retirement, he oversaw and worked for 2 years on the Leasure Masonic Temple on North Pointe Drive with volunteer help from all the members of the Temple, and others.
Gene was a 50 year member and “Past Master” of the Lafayette Lodge #79. He was also a member of the Amrou Grotto and the Monarch in 2002. Gene was a member of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masons of Ohio and the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons and Cyrene Commandery #10 Knights Templar of Zanesville, OH.
“Jesse” as some people called him, was a very talented and knowledgeable man. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
Friends and family may call from 5:00-8:00 P.M. on Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Bolin-Dierkes Funeral Home, 1271 Blue Avenue, Zanesville. Amrou Grotto #52 will hold services at 12:45 P.M. on Saturday, March 2, 2013, followed by the funeral service which will be held at 1:00 P.M. He will be laid to rest at Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery, Zanesville.
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