James W. Jesk Jr.
Kurtz Memorial Chapel - Frankfort
65 Old Frankfort Way
Frankfort, IL
Jesk Jr., James W.

James W. Jesk Jr, 89, of Lemont, IL, US Navy Veteran, passed away peacefully on November 10, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Joyce Jesk. Loving father of the late Kathleen Jesk, Kimberly (Andy) Lindemann, and the late Kristi Jesk. Devoted 'Da' to Christopher (Jenny) Bunch, Jeremy (Ashley) Lindemann, Jason (Kassie) Bay, Brianna (Kerry) Koepp, Elizabeth (Curtis) Grigas, James Felgenhauer, Courtney Bay, Marcus (Amanda) Felgenhauer, Katey (Sean) Sinclair, Evan Bay, and Corey Ghelfi. Proud great-grandfather to Leah, Lily, Abby, Jake, Owen, Cami, Kian, Reese, Marley, Rosalia, and River. Dear brother of the late Terrance (Kathy), the late Mary Arliss (the late Joe), Dale (Renetta) Jesk, Sharon (the late Al) Poe, John (the late Sharon) Jesk, and Robin (Joanne) Jesk. Fond uncle to many nieces and nephews. James served as the mayor of Oak Forest from 1975-1985. He was a long time employee of Andrew Corporation and in 1993, at the age of 61, he founded Deerfield Construction Group. Nearly two decades later, Jim built Sawgrass Farms, where he excelled in the harness racing community winning major races across the country. He had many hobbies including collecting sports memorabilia, attending Blackhawks games, skiing, golfing, sharing Navy stories, reading, and hanging out with his Yorkshire Terrier, Molly. James' subtle, yet powerful, voice made a difference in many lives. Those who knew him will remember him by his overwhelming generosity and quick-witted personality A visitation will be held at Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 65 Old Frankfort Way, Frankfort IL 60423 on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 3:00m PM until 8:00 PM. Funeral service in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 11:00 AM. Inurnment will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Wounded Warrior Project would be appreciated. For information www.kurtzmemorialchapel.com<http://www.kurtzmemorialchapel.com> or 815-806-2225

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My memories of Jim are from our days at Andrew. He was always a guiding person of great insight and consideration of all those involved. He was great to work with and to share time with outside of work, where his wit was always a highlight. He will be missed by all that knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.
Tim Jungles Family
November 17, 2021
My sincere Condolences goes out to the Jesk Family, Jim was a great man and a dear friend of my Father and Mother, he was a very loyal man to his friends. He was the Best Mayor of Oak Forest ever had and he never had a bad word to say about anyone. Jim may you rest in Peace and let Perpetual shine Upon You.
Kyle Family
November 15, 2021
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