Donne William Jesson

May 06, 1931 ‒ May 24, 2014

Johnsville, Ohio
Formerly of Lexington, Ohio

Donne William Jesson, age 83, of Johnsville and formerly of Lexington, left his earthly tent behind and exchanged it for a new one in Glory, Saturday evening, May 24, 2014, at Riverside Methodist Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born on May 6, 1931, in Derry, PA, to the late Thomas and June (Gordon) Jesson. In 1949 Donne graduated from Lexington High School. He also attended and took courses at Kent State University.

Shortly after high school Donne enlisted and served our country first in the Air National Guard and then in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict as an airplane mechanic. While in the Air Force he received the rank of Staff Sergeant, as well as, the Korean Service Medal, U.N. Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and National Defense Medal.

On December 23, 1956, Donne married the love of his life, Nancy L. (Cass) Jesson, at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ. Together they shared 57 years of marriage and raised 4 children.

Donne was a member of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, the North Woodbury V.F.W Post, the Shelman Antique Car Club, and Boy Scouts of America, Lexington Troop, where he earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

He spent most of his working days as a self-employed mechanic, where he enjoyed restoring old cars and tractors. Donne loved going to the grandchildren’s various sporting events, playing games such as euchre, dominoes and yahtzee, fishing, and especially teasing his daughters –in -law. He was also an avid OSU and Cleveland Indians fan. Donne thoroughly enjoyed simply visiting and talking with others.

In 1975 Don and Nancy followed the Lord’s calling, moved to Montana where they served on the mission field at the Big Sky Christian Youth Ranch till returning home in 1983.

He will be missed by his wife, Nancy; sons: Andy (Shandi) Jesson of Mount Gilead, Bill (Rana) Jesson of Whitewater, Montana, and Ron (Barb) Jesson of Cardington; six grandchildren: Erica Delmone King, Wyatt Jesson, Alexis Jesson, Clay Jesson, Jaren Jesson, and Garrett Jesson; two step-grandchildren: Joslin and Emma McDonald; two great grandchildren: Caden and Bennett Delome King; a sister, Eileen Bates of Moultrie, GA; a sister in law, Mary Jane Jesson of Lexington; a brother in law, Richard Simon of Phoenix, AZ; and a daughter in law, Sandra Belinn of Portland, OR.

Including his parents, Donne was preceded in death by a son Eric Jesson, sisters: Margery Simon and Rita Ford; and a brother, Roger Jesson.

A memorial service celebrating Donne’s life will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ with Minister Don Lynn officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at Shauck Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Donne to the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Donne’s family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.Snyder FuneralHomes.com.

  • I was so sorry to hear of Donne’s passing. He was truly a great man. Whenever you saw him, he always had a smile and a kind word. He will be greatly missed!

  • I was so sorry to hear about Donne. It was especially hard because it was just like what we faced at Dick’s passing, and such an emotional time. I have been thinking of you all since I heard. I have enjoyed all contacts I have had with the family in all the years we have known you and know Dick did as well, especially when he got into his tractor restoration era and would sometimes be in touch with Donne. Thank you for my having had the privilege of having Eric in school–just the typical ornery type boy I truly liked having in class to keep things interesting, but not in a bad way. He was one of my special ones. Just wish I could have had more of the boys! Know that you are in my prayers, and if you ever want to talk, Nancy, just call and we can remember and cry together or whatever to make each other feel better.

  • Donne was the warmest and most friendliest man I have ever known. What a Godly man. He will be sadly missed by all that were privileged to know him. I feel very blessed to have known Donne. I am so sorry for your great loss.

  • We were so sorry to hear of Donne’s passing. He was a wonderful example of God’s love.

  • What a tribute to a great man. The church was filled to over-flowing with family and friends of Donne’s. The sound of music and singing of favorite hymns was a great celebration of Donne’s love of his Lord. May you each have peace and comfort knowing that Donne is in his eternal home with his God. He will be missed by us all, but his legacy will be carried on by the family. Keep those precious memories in your heart and mind as you go on forward with your lives. Our love and prayers are with you always. Dave & Nan