Jesse S. Tinoco, 88, of Freeburg, Ill., born Feb. 3, 1926, in Long Mott, Texas, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Shiloh, Ill.
Jesse, first and foremost, was a loving family man. In his spare time, he loved to garden, and design and build wood furniture for his family. Mr. Tinoco was a supervisor at Illinois Bell for 30 years. After his retirement, he worked at Memorial Hospital. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Freeburg, Ill. Jesse was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II. A highlight of his military experience was traveling as a radio operator with the Herbert Hoover World Food Survey after World War II. After his service with President Hoover, he was asked to fly with the British Royal Air Force, but he chose to return to Belleville, Ill., to marry his sweetheart.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fortunato and Refugio, nee Roussell, Tinoco; a brother, Fortunato Jr. (Ofelia) Tinoco; three sisters, Esther Tinoco, Ana Tinoco, Consuelo Cabrera; and a brother-in-law, Ernest Marroquin.
Surviving are his loving wife of 67 years, Audrey May, nee Wild, Tinoco, whom he married on Nov. 30, 1946; four daughters, Patricia Tinoco (Howard Boller), Jean (Richard) Schaefer, Mary (John) Peter and Janet Tinoco (Robert Pollard); seven grandchildren, Lauren (Joe) Christ, Daniel (Erin) Schaefer, Michael Schaefer, Monica Pollard, Jesse Pollard, Robert Peter, and Samuel Peter; four great-grandchildren, Luke, Samara, and Gracyn Christ, and Addilyn Schaefer; and a sister, Lucy Marroquin.
Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, to the St. Joseph's Parish Center Fund, or in the form of Mass offerings. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Freeburg, Ill.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Freeburg, Ill., with Father Mark Reyling officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Freeburg, Ill.
George Renner & Sons Funeral Home
206 South Richland Street Freeburg, IL 62243
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 2, 2014