Jess was born on April 1, 1928 in Van Buren, Missouri. As a young man he worked with his siblings for his father logging timber and making railroad ties. He served in the military as a tank commander during the Korean War
. He was awarded the Bronze Star
with Valor for rescuing the crew of a disabled tank while under enemy fire. After the war he moved to Sacramento where he opened a service station. Later he and his older brother Stan acquired a drywall business. They were partners until the early 70's. Jess became a regular employee so he could spend more time with his family. He loved to go bowling, golfing, fishing, camping, and spending time with his wife Rose Marie. Jess passed away on September 21, 2013 at the home of his son Bob with family at his side. He was preceded by his wife of 57 years Rose Marie who passed in December. He is survived by his sons Robert (Bob), his wife Donna, and Vernon (Vern), his wife Norma, 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Jess's wishes were to have no services. Donations may be made in the name of Rose Marie and Jesse to South Sacramento Kaiser Hospice.