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Richard J. Jesse

March 8, 1931 ~ May 21, 2022 (age 91)


Richard J. Jesse, 91 Wausau passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2022, while under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at the Hospice House, Wausau.


He was born March 8, 1931, in Wausau, son of the late Eric and Elizabeth (Nikolai) Jesse, Sr.  On June 19, 1954, he married Patricia Wendt at St. Mary Catholic Church, Wausau.  She preceded him in death on January 17, 2019.


After graduating high school, Dad served in the U.S. Army and fought the battle in Korea.  When he returned home, he married our Mom, the love of his life, and started a family.  Dad began his working life as an auto body technician at Eggebrecht Motors, eventually owning his own shop, and then finally retiring from Dave Kasten Subaru.


Dad worked on many woodworking projects including building the family cottage on Bass Lake near Lake Tomahawk.  In his earlier days he was a coin collector, avid hunter, and fisherman.  After retirement he enjoyed many casino trips with Mom and watching the Brewers and Packers.


Survivors include his children, Julie Bouvat, Rothschild, Laura (Don) Reinhard, Wausau, Katherine Reinhard, Wausau, Mari (Andy) Olive, Minneapolis, and Rich (Michelle) Jesse, Menasha, 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews.


Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Chelsea, son-in-law, Dale Bouvat, and his siblings, Marianne Jesse, Antoinette Young and Donald, Herbert and Eric Jesse Jr.


A private Requiem Mass will be held at St. Mary Roman Catholic Oratory, Wausau.  Private interment will be held at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.  Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at 


The family wishes to thank the Palliative Care Unit at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and the Aspirus Hospice House for their excellent care for our Dad.

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