‘Dee’ Jesseph

Former Piqua area resident Dennis “Dee” Oliver Jesseph, 84, of Miami, Okla., died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at his home.
He was born May 15, 1925, in Iola, the son of Albert O. and Amanda L. (Dennis) Jesseph.
He was an engineer in the European and Pacific Theatre with the U.S. Army during World War II. His platoon built bridges during the war and worked on a bridge over the Rhine River in Germany.
On Jan. 11, 1947, he married Peggy Ann Tripses in Iola. They lived in Sedgwick, Newton and Geneseo before moving to a farm near Piqua in 1986. Over the years he worked as a ranch hand, policeman, security officer, truck driver, mechanic and oil field worker. She died Jan. 31, 2000.
On July 14, 2000, he married Nancy (Mead) Jennings, and they made their home in Miami.
He was a former member of the American Legion in Geneseo.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; three sons, Dennis and his wife Pamela, Little River, Sam, Piqua, and Carl and his wife Robin, Chase; three daughters, Diana Schmidt and her husband Ernest, Delia, Ella Jesseph, Great Bend, and Amanda Butts and her husband Chuck, Lyons; three stepdaughters, Faye and Lynette, Miami, and Linda, Tulsa, Okla.; 18 grandchildren; 22 stepgrandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 20 stepgreat-grandchildren.
A son, John Wayne, two stillborn sons, two brothers, Henry and Albert, two sisters, Margaret and Martha, a granddaughter, Jenny Jesseph, and three stepsons, Robert, James and Darrell, died earlier.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapels in Iola. The Rev. Bruce Winch will officiate. Burial will be in Cedarvale Cemetery in Neosho Falls.
Online condolences for the family may be left at iolafuneral.com.