Graveside services for Jesse Lee Peterson, 33, Lawrence, will be at 10:30 am Tuesday at Oak Hill Cemetery, with the Rev. Nate Rovenstine officiating. Jesse died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at his home.
Jesse was born Feb. 18, 1981, in Council Grove, Kansas. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1999, where he was a yell leader and a member of Pro Cheer. Jesse attended Barton County Community College on a cheerleading scholarship. After college, he became co-owner of Cheer Fusion in Wichita, Kansas. He moved back to Lawrence in 2010 and began working for Community Living Opportunities where he soon had an ESL home for special needs clients. He was awarded an Achievement Award for his work with his special needs clients. In 2013, he began working for Bethesda out of Olathe, Kansas in his home as an ESL home for special needs clients.
Jesse is survived by his parents, Duane and Deb Peterson, Lawrence; two brothers, Justin and wife Brandy, Lawrence, and Jamie and wife Samantha, Bartlesville, Okla; three nieces, Dezera, Ravyn, and Tatum Peterson, Lawrence; two nephews, Johnny Drake, Lawrence, and Hunter Weeks, Kansas City, Kan.; grandparents LeMyra Allen, Lawrence, Larry Allen and wife Janet, Bellevue, Neb., Charlene Peterson, Grapevine, Tex.; a great grandmother, ‘Grammy’ Isabelle Erichsen, Lawrence; and aunts and uncles, including Dan and Cathy Allen, Naples, Fla., Connie Peterson, Grapevine, Tex., and Jere and Kim Peterson, Tulsa, Okla.
Friends may call from noon to 8 pm Sunday, and from 9 am to 8 pm Monday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, where the family will receive them from 6 pm to 8 pm Monday. Memorial contributions are suggested to AIDS Service Foundation KC, in care of the funeral home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044.
Messages & Condolences
Our condolences to the Peterson family and friends. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God strengthen the family and may God grant Jesse everlasting life.
Jesse oh how I will miss our good times. You were such a ray of light and such a joy to be around! Your stunning smile, your outrageous personality, your picture perfect good looks….I could go on and on. You were so full of pizzaz and spunk! Heaven truly gained one of Charlie’s angels for sure. I know you will still always have my back and be by my side in spirit. I love you and miss you more then words can say. You and I always referred to one another as sis, so until we meet again sis, R.I.P. my very best friend.
I watched Jesse through JH and HS grow in his cheer skills and giving back his passion and gifts. His smile lit up the room. An amazing young man that will be missed. He touched many lives.
So sorry for your loss. There are no words for a losing a child, but I hope the memories can somehow bring you peace and comfort.
Duane Deb and family- We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Jesse he could always put a smile on anyone’s face or make them feel special he will be dearly missed and please know your family is on our thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all.
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Always hang on to the good memories and take solace that Jesse can now rest in peace.
Jesse, you will be missed by countless amount friends and family. You were so caring and poured your heart and soul into everyone and to the work you did. You could always make me laugh with a story. Your caring personality will me missed greatly. My condolences to all of your family.
Jesse and I were the first yell leaders at South Jr. High, and again amongst the first guys to ever try out at Lawrence High School. He was an amazing person. I am so sorry for your loss. Jesse, you will be missed buddy.
Duane,Deb and Family- I am heartbroken for your loss. Jesse had such a vibrant personality and touched all of those he came in contact with. I pray that you find strength and comfort in the memories of Jesse and know that we will see him again when we get to heaven. God Bless You all during this time of sorrow.
Duane and family you’re in our thoughts and prayers as you go thru this most difficult time. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you. We are so sorry for your loss.
JESSE WE LOVE YOU VERY VERY MUCH !!! REST IN PEACE JESSE, GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU NOW. GOD GIVE DUANE AND DEB PEACE AND YOUR LOVE AS THEY GO THROUGH THIS TERRIBLE TIME, AND HELP THE REST OF THEIR FAMILY TO GET THROUGH THIS AS WELL !!
duane and Deb i am so sorry for your loss I will miss Jesse very much,i will miss his laughter, his way of saying what was on his mind, for all the time we laugh and cried. for the way he loved the animals and most of all the way he would always flip over when doing a cheers . He was a great person and a great nephew I Love you Jesse always and forever!!!! I will be praying for your family during this difficult time. Rest in peace !!! Love Aunt Connie
Jesse- You really accomplished a lot of good
things in such a short time. Teaching young
people how to cheer was a special blessing
you gave to others. Deb, Duane, and the rest
of his family you are in my thoughts and
prayers. As you lean on God through this
difficult time,God will help each of you.
duane and Deb i am so sorry for your loss, I will miss Jesse very much,i will miss his laughter, his way of saying what was on his mind, for all the time we laugh and cried. for the way he loved the animals and most of the way he would always to flip over when doing a cheer. He was a great person and a great nephew I Love you Jesse always and forever!!!!
I’ll miss you buddy. Thoughts and prayers are with you Jesse, family and friends.
So very sorry for Jesse’s mom, friends, and family. We all will miss his joyful golden smile and infectious positivity he exuded to anyone he came across. God will bless him for the obvious love he shared with all the people he helped support as part of his own family.
Duane and family: so very sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our prayers. Kim and Michael Murphree
To my best friend, man of honor in my wedding, business partner, partner in crime I love you more then you will ever know! The friendship we shared was like no other. We were a dynamic duo!!! Heaven has gained a blinged out diva angel who I know will be with me and watching over me always!
Thank you for all the signs this week reassuring and letting me know that you are okay and happy and healthy at last. Till we meet again.
Dear Peterson Family, this news comes as a shock for us all and to know of someone like Jesse to have gone from our earthly presense is going to be hard. But his memory and all that he had done for others that made who he is to us will definitely live on. This young man was our daughter’s first cheer coach when she was at the tender age of eight, his love for others and his eagerness to help was a blessing. I just wish that we were able to have been there for him in his time of need. God Bless the Family in this sad time, but remember this….as the wind may blow and the seasons will change there will be a memory of Jesse in there for you.
very sorry for your loss.thinking of you all.
Jesse is gone from us now, but he will never truly leave any of us. Eternal love always.
Jesse, you touched so many in so many ways, you were one of the best of the best. You will be majorly missed. Heaven has received a golden angel.
You have been an amazing friend to me and many others. You are going to be deeply missed. You have touched so many lives. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. Thank you for being a part of my life.
jesse Jesse. I am going to miss you. May you rest in peace dear friend and be happy at last. I will miss you. You will always have a piece of my heart. Until I see you again…your golden girl
We will miss you Jesse. I’ve never forget the fun time we had burning that tree in Ur front yard. R.I.P Jesse. Love u buddy
You were an amazing man Jesse! That smile and laugh of yours well be missed by everyone! Love you and miss you so much. R.I.P
I am so sorry, I didn’t know Jesse but Justin and LeMyra, may God heal your broken hearts, and the rest of the family as well.
my condolences to his family and his friends we have lost someone bright today may his family have peace and may God bless them every day of their lives.
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