Dennis Jessee, 80

Dennis Vance Jessee, 80, of Wabash, died at 5:54 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at his home. 

He was born Jan. 24, 1941, in Harlan, Ky, to William and  Almyra (Fields) Jessee.

Dennis worked and retired from GDX/General Tire in Wabash. He was a U.S. Marine. Dennis was a charter member of Parents without Partners, and a member of the Erie Street Free Will Baptist Church. He lived a private life. He enjoyed eating out at the Asian Buffet, doing yard work, attending the Parents without Partners dances, shopping at the second hand store, and spending time with his fiance watching old movies.

He was the "Santa Claus" in the ‘70s and 80s for Santa's Workshop in Wabash. Dennis also volunteered at the Dallas Winchester Senior Center and loved serving the community.

He is survived by his fiance, Jennifer DeTurk of Wabash; two children, Jamie (Nancy) Jessee and Denise Jessee, both of Wabash; five grandchildren; and his sister, Bonnie. 

He was preceded in death by his parents three brothers, Floyd, Carl, and James Jessee, and sister, Edith.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with the Rev. Charles Sluss officiating. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Wabash. 

Friends may call 1-2 pm Tuesday, at the funeral home.

The memorial guest book for Dennis may be signed at

Posted on 2021 Dec 03