Dec. 1, 1993-Sept. 30, 2012
Jesse Lee Retzlaff, 18, of Gordon, died Sept. 30, 2012.
A vigil service will be held Wednesday Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rushville. Funeral service will be Oct. 4 at 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father James Joseph officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Rushville.
Jesse was born to Ray and Barb Retzlaff on Dec. 1, 1993, in Scottsbluff. He was born 11 minutes before his twin sister Tessa Rae.
Jesse attended Clinton Elementary School through the fifth grade and was in the first class to attend the new middle school (grades 6-8) in Rushville.
Jesse graduated from Gordon-Rushville High School in May, 2012. At the time of his death he was attending Northeast Community College in Norfolk. He was enrolled in electrical construction.
Jesse worked for Grandpa Beguin until he was old enough to get a "real job". Then he started working on a ranch and also at Sheridan Livestock Auction for Dan Otte.
In Jan., 2012, he started working for Great Plains Communications of Gordon. He really enjoyed this, especially doing the shut offs.
Jesse played Little League Baseball and wrestled Federation, through high school. He was a member of the Junior Niobrara Sportsman Club through middle and high school. His great love was hunting and fishing.
Jesse was an inspiration to young children and was dearly loved by his cousins. He was a great leader for his teams.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Rushville.
He is survived by his: his parents, Ray and Barb Retzaff; sister Tessa Retzlaff of Clinton, grandparents Roy and Nina Retzlaff, Bob and Dorothy Beguin of Rushville; aunts and uncles Rex & Missy Retzlaff, Robbie & Shelley Beguin, Ashley & Rodney of Clinton, Tracy & Bud Saults, Brandon, Chelsea & Candace of Loveland, Colo., Dixie Beguin Wasson, Bryce & Josie of Elizabeth, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, George and Bessie Saxton, Warren "Red" and Esther Retzlaff, Bill and Josie Reeves, Harold Hub and Garland Beguin, and an uncle Rodney H Beguin.
The family suggests memorials for Tessa's college fund. Donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home PO Box 366 Gordon, NE 69343.
Published in The Chadron Record on Oct. 2, 2012