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Timothy John Jesse was born November 1, 1958 in St. Paul, Minnesota to parents, Lester and Kathryn (nee Regan). He passed away peacefully while surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, January 31, 2021 in Newport, Minnesota. He grew up in St. Paul Park, Minnesota and graduated from Park High School in 1976. He met his wife, Brenda (nee Murphy) at Brockway Glass Company in Rosemount, Minnesota and they married on May 14, 1983 in Northfield, Minnesota. Together they had a daughter, Megan. Tim worked as an operational engineer for Marathon Petroleum Corp. for 23 years and recently retired. Tim enjoyed doing many things in his retirement. He loved riding his Harley, cruising with Brenda in their convertible mustang, going to car shows, traveling, and smoking delicious meats. His day often began with a trip to the convenience store to pick up a newspaper so he could do his crossword puzzle and purchase his lucky lottery ticket. He was such a compassionate and thoughtful man who always put others before himself. He was always looking to help a friend or his family with whatever they needed including the daily weather updates that will be deeply missed. He was beyond generous, thoughtful, and caring constantly keeping track of where his loved ones were to make sure they were safe and taken care of. Tim also had a soft spot for dogs and horses. He truly just enjoyed the simple pleasures in life like a beautiful sunset, a cold beer, and the company of a loved one. Preceded in death by parents, Lester and Kathryn. Survived by wife of 37 years, Brenda; daughter, Megan (Taylor); brothers, Tom (Sue) and Jim (Sandie); sisters, Carol (Todd) Hovde and Mary; and many loving nieces, nephews, and friends.
Private family memorial service will be held. Public visitation 1-3 PM, Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Kok Funeral Home, 7676 80th St. S., Cottage Grove, MN, 55016. ** The memorial service for Tim will be recorded and add below this obituary Saturday, February 27, 2021 after 5 PM for those not in attendance.**
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