Jesse W. "Bud" Jourdan, 96, of Great Falls, died of natural causes Thursday, May 31, at home.
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Memorial services are 10 a.m. today at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel, with burial to follow at Highland Cemetery. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Jesse was born on June 18, 1915, in Neelyville, Mo., to William and LaVonia Jourdan. Jesse grew up in the Neelyville area and also attended school there. Jesse began farming in Neelyville, and after marrying Lorene Mitchener, the love of his life, in 1940, they both continued to farm in the area until 1952, when they moved to Poplar Bluff, Mo. In 1955, Jesse and Lorene moved their family to West Yellowstone, and Jesse worked at Fuller's Garage for the next 40 years.
Jesse had a very kind heart and was always looking out for those who needed help. It was not uncommon for Jesse to bring someone home to dinner, whether it be someone traveling through, a salesman or a neighbor. It didn't matter the reason; if they needed help, Jesse made sure they had a meal first.
In 1997, Jesse and Lorene retired and moved to Great Falls. Family was a very important part of Jesse's life. He and Lorene often traveled to visit relatives and see parts of the country they hadn't seen before. Jesse always wanted his family nearby to visit as often as possible. As family would get ready to head back home, Jesse was always asking when they'd be coming back.
Jesse is survived by his wife of 72 years, Lorene, of Great Falls; daughters Patricia Timfichuk (Johnnie), of Stevensville and Carol Sullivan of Great Falls; son George (Shari), of Great Falls; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jesse was preceded in death by one son, his mother and father, two brothers, one sister and two grandchildren.
Condolences may be posted online at www.schniderfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on June 2, 2012