Monday, March 20, 2017

Jessie Francis Yarger USS Submarine Veteran

YARGER, Francis, passed unexpectedly on March 17, 2017. Jesse was born July 22, 1932, in Bloomington, IL. Preceding him in death were his mother Sybilla, father Jesse E., former wife Marilyn (Zook), and brothers in-law Donald and Russell Zook. He leaves his wife Patty of 34 years, daughter Sarah J. Allen, sister Judy Johnson, brother Jim Yarger (Karen), brother-in-law Robert Zook (Linda), stepchildren Mike Meskimen (Winny), Carrie Munyan (Russell), Jennifer Meskimen, 10 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.  After high school, Jesse joined the US Navy and served in the Korean War. He was a submariner serving on the USS Barb, USS Archerfish, and USS Sennet. Following discharge, he returned to the telephone industry. He moved to Fort Myers in 1960 and was employed for over 33 years with United Telephone (Sprint), retiring in 1993. Jesse's passions were his family, restoring vintage cars, and activity in the Porsche Club of America in which he was a national award winner and served as a national judge. Upon retiring, he worked part time for a private automobile collection in Naples, FL where he remained for 29 years. He became a sought-after docent at the Rev's Institute. He was a member of the Church of the Cross and served on the ushering team. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 25th at 2:00pm at the Church of the Cross, 13500 Freshman Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33912. Reception following the service. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Jesse be made to the Church of the Cross. Published in The News-Press from Mar. 19 to Mar. 21, 2017