CHAMPAIGN – Jesse W. Penrod, 76, of Champaign, passed away peacefully Saturday (May 7, 2022) at Illini Heritage, Champaign.
Jesse was born on April 20, 1946 in Urbana Township, Champaign County.
He was predeceased by his parents, Jesse F. and Violet P. Penrod; sister, Frances (Larry) David; and brother-in-law, Gerald Bloemker.
He is survived by his children, Anthony (Julie) Penrod of Schofield, Wis., and Russell (Cindy) Penrod of Kronenwetter, Wis.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Elizabeth Bloemker and Margaret (Edward) Smith.
Jesse loved to make people laugh, loved movies, fishing (is an urban legend to catch a sturgeon on Lake Wausau in Wisconsin), a retired laborer (who started working at age 8) , had a big heart and will live forever in our memories.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 17 at Freese Funeral Home, 302 E. Grand Ave., St Joseph, IL 61873. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon, with a worship service to follow.
The family would like to give special thanks to all of the nurses, CNAs and staff at Illini Heritage Rehab & Health for their loving care of Jesse.
Condolences may be sent to freesefh.com.