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A Celebration of Life for Bobby Lee Jessip, 82, of Osceola, were held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, from 4-6 p.m. at the Pierschbacher Funeral Home in Chariton. Bobby Lee Jessip was born on March 26, 1933, in Chariton, to Oscar and Carrie Jessip. Bobby was one of six children born to the couple. Bobby enlisted in the Unites States Navy and served during the Korean War. He was stationed on the Destroyer USS Halsey Powell. In 2004, Bobby received several long overdue medals, including: the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the China Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Korean Service Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal. The medals were awarded to him by Congressman Leonard Boswell at an award ceremony in Knoxville. Bobby was the proud father of three: Valerie, Jole and Karen. He was also blessed with eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He loved to spend time with his family. Bobby worked as an electrician full-time and enjoyed doing “tree work” on the side in Lucas, Marion and Wayne counties. He also enjoyed gardening, cooking, listening to old-time country music, and fishing. Many hours were spent catching channel catfish in White Breast Creek and the Chariton River. Bobby was an avid writer and loved to write poetry. His poem, “A Faded Rose”, was published in 1995. He was a member of the Eagles Club and the N.R.A. Bobby passed away on Nov. 28, 2015, at the Veterans Hospital in Des Moines. He is survived by his children: Valerie (Dale) Hildreth of Osceola, Jole Jessip of Indianola, and Karen (Rod) DeVore of Osceola; 8 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Wanda Peck of Corydon and Lola Relph of Marshalltown. Bobby was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Jessip; mother, Carrie Smith (Wills); step-father, Donald Smith; brothers: Johnny Jessip, Donald Jessip and Leo Jessip; and grandson, Jacob Jessip. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be shared at www.pierschbacherfuneralhome.com
Published on  December 3, 2015
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