Jesse Jimenez, 78, Rochester

Published 9:33am Friday, October 11, 2013

Memorial Services for Jesse R. Jimenez will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea. The Rev. Timothy Reker and Deacon Mike Ellis will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Albert Lea veterans organizations. Private Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea and one hour before the service at the church.

Jesse Jimenez
Jesse Jimenez

Mr. Jimenez died on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at Cottagewood Senior Community in Rochester. Mr. Jimenez was born Aug. 29, 1935, in Hollandale. He attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parochial School in Easton and Wells High School in Wells. As a youngster he was a member of the Wells-Easton Boxing Club and participated in Golden Gloves. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in May 1954 and was honorably discharged at the rank of Airman 1st Class in November 1957.

He was a member of the 9th Air Force boxing team while stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter, S.C. On Oct. 25, 1958, he married Josephine Gallo of Mason City at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea. They moved to Tallahassee, Fla., where he attended Lively Technical College majoring in accounting and was employed with Florida Times Union Publishing Company.

In 1965, he and his family returned to Albert Lea. Mr. Jimenez and his wife owned and operated the Quik-Stop Drive-In. In Feb. 1981, the restaurant was sold and he became an insurance agent with Minnesota AAA. He transferred to Rochester in January 1984 and retired in September 1998.

While in Albert Lea, Mr. Jimenez was a member of the Knights of Columbus serving as faithful navigator and Grand Knight, Elks, Eagles, Cloverleaf Lions, River Trails Girl Scout Council Board, Human Rights Commission, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the American G.I. Forum. He was also a member of the Moose Club in Austin. In Rochester he attended Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He was president of the Diversity Council, member of the Criminal Justice Forum, American Legion Post No. 92, American Legion Honor Guard, 40+8 Voiture No. 327, Commander for Amvets, Minnesota Teacher of Color Scholarship Program Advisory Board, Mayo Foundation Institutional Review Board, Mayor’s Community Response Team and Senior Citizens Center.

Mr. Jimenez was a coach of the Albert Lea boxing team and served as board member of Silver Lake boxing team in Rochester. He enjoyed dancing, taking care of his lawn and attending sporting events.

Survivors include his wife, Jo; son, Jeff of Albert Lea; three daughters, Jody (Tim) Bangert of Rochester, Jackie (John) Abrego of Albert Lea and Julie Jimenez (Kevin Coles) of Rochester; eight grandchildren, Jason and Jacob Abrego, Adam and April Bangert and Josie, Jalen, Riley and Quincy Jimenez; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Fred (Maria) Jimenez and John (Mary) Jimenez; eight sisters, Teresa Hernandez, Kathleen (Paul) DeBoer, Victoria Westeng, Sara (Steve) Messmore, Mary (Conde) Miranda, Beatriz (Willie) Rauen, Dolores (Ken) Messmore and Lois Holgin; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters and one great-grandson.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Oak Park Place in Albert Lea and Cottagewood Senior Community in Rochester for the wonderful care they took of their beloved husband, father and grandfather.

In lieu of flowers memorials suggested to the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s disease Research Center.

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