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Richard F. Jesse

December 25, 2004
The Reverend Richard F. Jesse, 87, Dorothy Love Retirement Community, 3003 W. Cisco Rd., Sidney, Ohio, formerly of 179 Tranquility Ct., Sidney, Ohio died at the retirement community on Saturday, December 25, 2004 at 11:25 PM. He was born October 20, 1917 in St. Louis, Missouri the son of Rev. Richard and Rose (Bruns) Jesse. He moved to Shelby County from Chesterland, Ohio in 1992. He married Helen Angela Rehwinkel on November 22, 1942 and she died April 5, 1998. Surviving are three children, Elizabeth Steinbarger and husband David of Sidney, Ohio; Richard David Jesse of Mentor, Ohio; and David M. Jesse and wife Paula of Bedford Heights, Ohio; five grandchildren, Matthew Richard Steinbarger of Sidney, Ohio; Steven Edward Steinbarger of Dublin, Ohio; Sarah Steinbarger Taylor and husband Jason of Sidney, Ohio; Laura Jesse of Mentor, Ohio and Meredith Jesse of Bedford Heights, Ohio; one great grandson, Carson Paul Taylor; One daughter, Mary Jesse is deceased, one son Paul Jesse is deceased and two sisters are deceased, an infant sister and Lucille Kurtzeborn. Reverend Jesse attended St. John's College, Winfield, Kansas from 1933-1937. For his graduate theological education he attended Concordia Theological Seminary, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, St. Louis, Missouri from 1938-1941. His post-graduate education included Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan in sociology from 1942-1946; Harper Hospital Pastoral-Chaplaincy Clinic, Detroit, Michigan in 1959; Psychological Consultation Seminar, Pontiac, Michigan in 1959; Case Western University, Pastoral Psychology Institute, Cleveland, Ohio from 1973-1975; His professional career included Vicar, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, St. Louis, Missouri from 1939-1940; member, Emergency Planning Commission, Nebraska in 1941; ordained and installed as pastor, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Detroit, Michigan from 1942-1972 and pastor, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Chesterland, Ohio from 1972-1989. Church offices held include Secretary, English District Pastoral Conference of Detroit in 1945; Treasurer, Detroit Lutheran Federation in 1951; Counsellor, West Detroit Walther League from 1952-1953; President, Detroit Pastoral Conference from 1961-1962; Chairman, Board of Nominations, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod from 1961-1964; Member, Board for World Missions, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod from 1965-1966; Vice-President, Lutheran Council of the United States of America in 1967; President, English District Conference (Michigan), Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in 1970; President, Northeast Ohio Pastoral Conference, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in 1974; Member, Ohio District Mission Board (1979-84); Chairman of the Board (1985-88). His civic affiliations and public service include, Chairman, United States Selective Service Board, Detroit, Michigan from 1963-1972; Chaplain (U.S. Contingent), International Boy Scout Jamboree, Japan in 1971; Director, Michigan Schizophrenic Foundation, Detroit, Michigan from 1969-1972; Lamb Award (national youth work), National Lutheran Committee on Scouting in 1972; Chairman, United States Selective Service Board, Geauga County, Chardon, Ohio from 1972-1980; Member, Kiwanis Club International (Detroit and Chesterland, Ohio Clubs) from 1972. Member, Economic Club of Detroit in 1970; Member, Geauga County Community Development Board, Chardon, Ohio in 1976; Chairman and President, Geauga County Mental Health Center, Chardon, Ohio from 1974-1983; Member, United Way Council of Geauga County, Chardon, Ohio from 1986; Consultant to the President, Ohio District, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod from 1989-1990; Member, Research Committee on Ministry to the Elderly, Ohio District in 1991; Member, Board of Directors, Lutheran Metro Ministry, Cleveland in 1991; Vacancy Pastor, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Huber Heights in 1992; Member of AARP in 1992; Member of Sunset Kiwanis Club in 1992; Member of the Shelby County Historical Society in 1992; Member of the Gateway Arts Council in 1992; Area representative Association of Lutheran Older Adults in 1995; Member of the Area Agency on Aging in 1996. Reverend Jesse was retired from St. John's Lutheran Church in Sidney, Ohio as the senior visitation pastor. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sidney, Ohio; Memorial services will be held at the St. John's Lutheran Church on Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 3:00 PM with Rev. Jonathan Schriber. A dinner will follow in the fellowship hall at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rehwinkel Scholarship Fund, Concordia Theological Seminary, 801 DeMun Ave., St. Louis, Missouri 63105. Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home has charge of funeral arrangements and condolences may be sent on the funeral home's web site at: www.salm-mcgillandtangemanfh.com
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