Henry Jesse
1924 - 2020
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Jesse, Henry

Reverend Henry Jesse, ever the humble giant among his family, friends and colleagues, died peacefully on June 25, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Ann; daughters Alexandra, Clare, Katharine, and Jane; step-children Suzanne and Jonathan; 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. Please visit monarchsociety.com for full obituary




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Published in Denver Post from Jun. 28 to Jul. 5, 2020.
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July 1, 2020
Henry was a thoughtful and caring gentleman, in the real sense of the word. His face would light up in recognition of a friend, and he made one feel as special as he was.
Patricia Cox
Friend
July 1, 2020
We will miss Henry and Ann At the YMCA . Henry always had a smile for and joke for everyone. He will be missed by all.
Pat Roth
Friend
July 1, 2020
Henry welcomed me when I joined Silver Sneakers at the Y in December 2009. We started a conversation about German literature and culture that continued and deepened over time. A few years ago we began to read German texts ranging from the Bible to short stories, fairytales and poetry. Our occasional meetings would include discussions about current events, memories of the past and philosophical observations about any subject at all. I knew Henry as a very kind, curious and thoughtful person.
Helga Watt
Friend
July 1, 2020
What a dear man.
Lynne Roll
June 30, 2020
Annie,
I am so so sorry to hear of Henrys passing, he was a truly great man and a bright light in, as well as for the world. All my love, prayers and deepest sympathies for you and the family.
Jennifer Cabrera
Friend
June 29, 2020
Dearest Ann and family,
It is with heartfelt sadness to hear of Henrys passing. He was a special man with great presence, intelligence and compassion. We honor his life in service to his country and recognize his many significant accomplishments throughout his time here. We admired the twinkle in his eyes and his big and engaging smile. He was a gift to all who knew him. RIP, Henry.
Please accept our deepest condolences...
Bob and Marianne Leard
Friend
June 29, 2020
We were honored and privileged to meet Henry and his beautiful wife Ann at Silver Sneaker's at the YMCA. We would talk about politics, our children and current events. We were hosted for dinner by Henry and Ann and in brief began a wonderful friendship. We were so impressed by Henry's WW II service, landing on Utah Beach and acting as a translator for the army. Then going on to college and the ministry. We were taken by his humble nature this despite his great accomplishments. Dear Ann and the Jesse Family, we send our sincere condolences and prayers that God gives you the strength to accept this loss. His service and contributions are a lasting legacy to his memory.
Philip and Sandra Arreola
Philip Arreola
Friend
June 28, 2020
I met Father Jesse at a tiny church in Paradis, Louisiana, where my children and I attended over 35 years ago. He was a gentle and loving presence. We ran into each other years later at a library here in Colorado!
Eleanor Wright
Acquaintance
June 28, 2020
My heartfelt condoninces
Debbie Thrasher
Friend
June 28, 2020
We first met Henry Jesse when I called for an Episcopal priest to administer Last Rites to my father. Father Jesse arrived and performed the ritual under strained circumstances. We then had Father Jesse preside at the funeral at St. John's, again under strained circumstances. Father Jesse was rock steady and confident and helped us through a very difficult situation. Years later when my older brother passed away, we asked Father Jesse to perform the ceremony. Again, he provided great guidance and strength in another difficult circumstance. In his later years, he and Ann became good friends with my wife's cousins and so we began to see Henry and Ann socially. Henry was a bright, kind, giving man who was grace under pressure. We were very fortunate to get to know him beyond his clerical duties. He will be missed.
Pamela Thomas
Friend
June 28, 2020
A wonderful and wise man whose smile and wit captivated everyone he met. Even though I only knew him for a few years, I thought of him as a very special friend. The time I spent with him and Ann will always be cherished. He was a great conversationalist whose delightful stories will always bring a smile to my face and create a glow in my heart.
Linda Chapman
Friend
June 28, 2020
I loved seeing Henry at events. He had a great personality. I remember once saying to him that I used the term "Universe" instead of "God," and with a twinkle in his eye he said kindly, "God is not a four-letter word." I will miss the opportunity to see him.
Judith Denison
Acquaintance
June 28, 2020
We met Henry and his wife Ann when they unexpectedly attended our father's memorial who was a fellow D-Day Utah beach survivor ... we were forever impressed by their thoughtfulness and the memories they shared with us that day. We are sorry to hear of his passing and give you our sincere condolences.
William and Coreen Maas
Friend
June 28, 2020
A loving and gentle spiritual leader for us at St Johns Cathedral. We are thankful for his presence to lead us on Gods path. Serving as an acolyte and server with him many times strengthened my faith. David and Marlene Loos
David and Marlene Loos
Friend
June 27, 2020
I remember Henry best as the thoughtful, loving, inquisitive member of the St John's Fathers Group. Most of us had young or teenage kids. Henry's were all grown. Yet he took such keen interest in each of us and the things our kids were going through in their growing lives. I always felt like Henry was the big brother who stuck up for me. Wow, was that ever good for my spirit. I remember driving to the Men's retreat at St Malo - just the two of us. I had a hard time finding out about Henry, because he was so keenly interested in me and my personal story. Thank you Henry for your beautiful spirit and the love you shared with all of us.
Ray Stranske
Friend
June 27, 2020
Fond memories from childhood. Pop made the best breakfast for all 6 of us children. Usually, eggs, bacon, blueberry muffins every morning before school! Great camping trips campgrounds in forests and beaches. Alexandra, oldest child
Alexandra Jesse
Family
June 26, 2020
My Papa was a light in the world which will be missed by many. As a small girl, he was my strength and safety. Growing up he taught me about Theology, building with tools, polishing rocks and the many hikes we went on. His soft voice and wisdom resonates in my mind as I know he is home at last, at last. I love you PapaYour daughter, Janie Babe.
Smith-Stafford Smith-Stafford
Family
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