Jesse Lee Elrod, Jr. was born May 18, 1936, in Marfa, Texas, to Jess Elrod, Sr. and LaVon (McClimans) Elrod. He entered Heavens gates on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at 83 years, 7 months and 29 days.
Jess and family moved to Bronson when his father served in the United States Army. He attended and graduated from Moran High School in Moran. After serving the U.S. Army, Jess returned home to attend Iola Junior College. He completed his bachelor of science degree in business at Emporia State University, Emporia, in 1960.
He and his college sweetheart, Wilma Irene Bedenbender, were married May 29, 1960, and started their home in Olathe. Jesse had several great careers: Pharmaceutical sales, lumber brokerage and finally owning his own door and window company. Jesses hobbies included fishing and boating, especially on Table Rock Lake and Grand Lake. He enjoyed vegetable gardening, building and household projects. His joy was playing with his granddaughters and attending their activities. He was a member of Anthem Church (formerly Liberty Baptist).
Jesse is survived by his wife, Wilma; son, Jesse (Jay) Elrod III and wife, Shauna, Glenpool, Okla.; granddaughters, Abigail and Lily Elrod, Glenpool, Okla., and Miranda Elrod, Norman, Okla., great-granddaughter, Emery Miller, Norman, Okla.; niece, Jeanne Stover, Broken Arrow, Okla.; sister, Sharon Jackson and husband, Bruce, Chanute; their children; sister-in-law, Marilyn Elrod, Littleton, Colo., and their children.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott.
Memorials in Jesses name may be made to Meals On Wheels or your favorite charity.