Jesse S. Kirkley, 76, of Waterloo, IL, died due to COPD on December 31, 2020, in Waterloo, IL. He was born May 19, 1944, in E. St. Louis, IL.
He is survived by his wife Kay (Hicks) Kirkley, nee Jordan; children John (Marikay) Kirkley, Deanna Atkins, Dale Kirkley; step children Kim (Matthew) Bollwerk, Danny Hicks, and Mark Hicks; grandchildren Thomas Bievenue, Brandy Kirkley, Scott (April) Kirkley, Crystal (Greg) Atkins, Johnny Kirkley, Alicia (Ian) Gunn, Sara Kirkley, Ben Atkins,and Kaitlyn Kirkley; step grandchildren Lexi, Trinity, and Tanner; great grandchildren Anthony, Makayla, Cole, Jacob, Luke, and Liam, and Lillie; sister Leota Roider; special friend Brad Krueger; nieces; nephews; and cousins.
Jesse is preceded in death by his parents Isaac and Bessie (nee Counts) Kirkley; daughter Kimberly Kirkley (in infancy); and sister Lena Mae Rahn.
He was a US Air Force Veteran, member of the Millstadt American Legion, and was retired from Illinois Department of Transportation.
A special thank you to Tami Boren for extra care.
As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
St. Jude Hospital
4 PM to 8 PM Monday, January 4, 2021 at Hope Christian Church
9 AM until time of service Tuesday at Hope Christian Church
10 AM Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Hope Christian Church in Columbia, IL
Pastor Rodney Fickas officiating
Interment at Waterloo Cemetery in Waterloo, IL