Ralph Wayne Jessee, 71, of Middle Point passed away at 12:03PM on February 09, 2022 at The James Cancer Center in Columbus. He was born on March 08, 1950, in St. Charles, VA, to his late parents, Creed Pete and Nevada (Scott) Jessee.
On June 18, 1971, he married the love of his life, Debbie Long. Together, they shared over 50 years of marriage.
Ralph worked as a supervisor for Central Soya, which later became Bunge, for 43 years before retiring. He also graduated from the Frederick Beauty Academy and worked as a cosmetologist. He, along with Debbie, were members of Jennings Road Church of Christ. He was also a member of the Middle Point Gun Club.
Ralph enjoyed fishing, camping, bowling and throwing horseshoes. He raised chickens and volunteered his time judging 4H chickens at the fair. An avid sports fan, Ralph was a huge Lincolnview Lancers supporter and could often be found attending baseball games at Middle Point Ballpark and at Lincolnview. He also cheered on the Lancer's basketball teams. Ralph was proud to have been a baseball umpire for many years and was invited to umpire at the Little League World Series.
To Ralph, family was his ultimate joy. Whether it was tailgating at the Buckeye games with his son, or attending his grandchildren's many sporting events, Ralph was happiest with them by his side.
Surviving are his wife, Debbie Jessee of Middle Point; son: Quintin (Cristen) Jessee of Dublin; David (Carrie) Jessee of Van Wert; grandsons: Creed and Jared Jessee of Van Wert; brothers: Paul Jessee of VA; Pete (Karen) Jessee of IN; Gerald (Michele) Jessee of VA; Palmer (Lisa) Jessee of VA; Emmett Jessee; Marcus (Anjie) Jessee of IN; sisters: Emma (Larry) Shoffner of KY; Barbara (Rick) Mughmaw of IN as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers: Lloyd, Edward & Rick Jessee; sisters: Judy Newton, Brenda Jessee, Nokie Jessee and Carolyn Jessee.
Memorial service will be held at 4 PM on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Jennings Road Church of Christ, 1124 Jennings Rd Van Wert, OH 45891 with Rev. David Ray, officiating.
Family and friends will be received prior to the service, from 1 to 4 PM at the church.
For those unable to attend, Jennings Road Church of Christ will livestream the memorial service at 4pm on their YouTube channel https://youtube.com/c/JenningsRoadChurchofChrist
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ralph`s memory may be sent to Jennings Road Church of Christ.
To share in Ralph's online memorial, please visit www.alspachgearhart.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.