Kenneth “Kenny” Jess, 88, of Bellevue, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019 at Court Yard Estates in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Funeral Services will be 10:30 am, Friday, August 30, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church in Bellevue. Family will greet friends 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Hachmann Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Bellevue. Graveside services with Military Honors Conducted by Bellevue American Legion Post #273 will be 10:30 am, Saturday, August 31, 2019 at First Presbyterian Cemetery in Bellevue.
Kenny was born June 20, 1931 in Dubuque, the son of Louis and Minnie (Moltman) Jess. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1949. Kenny served his country in the US Air Force 1949-1952, he then married Charlotte McMillion on May 29, 1953. Kenny as a young boy growing up in Bellevue, enjoyed sledding, ridding bikes, and swimming, as a teenager he worked for a farmer outside of Sabula during the summers and dearly loved working at the farm during those times. He returned to Bellevue after serving his country and worked at Clinton Engines, Savannah Army Depot, and finally starting in 1956 at John Deere Dubuque Works until retiring in 1986.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte; their children, Nancy (Kevin) Metz of Des Moines and Thane (Pam) Jess of West Des Moines; granddaughters, Alexis Laslo of Clive, Olivia Laslo of Des Moines; a great-grandson, Malone Slothhower; a sisters in-law, Joan Jess of Bellevue, Nancy Eckrich of Mt. Airy, Maryland, Betty Marshik of Rockville, Maryland; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Bernard, Joseph, Howard, Clyde, Louis, Donald, Robert, Grace, Norma, and Jeanette; a granddaughter, Claire Ann Laslo; and numerous sisters and brothers in-law, nieces and nephews.
A memorial fund has been established in Kenneth’s memory.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.hachmannfuneralhome.com