Born: December 9, 1926 - Deceased: September 27, 2019
John W. “Jay” Heskett Jr., 92, of Belleville, IL, born Thursday, December 9, 1926, in Louisiana, Missouri, passed away Friday, September 27, 2019 at Cedarhurst Senior Center, of Shiloh, IL.
Jay graduated from Hannibal High School in 1944. He proudly served two years in the United States Army Upon returning from the service he married his childhood sweetheart Dorothy and they were married for 71 years. They moved to Belleville, Illinois in 1954 where they provided a loving home to their five children. He was an involved, generous and committed husband, father and grandfather. Jay was a district manager for Southwestern Bell Telephone company. His career spanned 39 years. He retired having never used a single sick day. During this time he earned his business degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Dorothy and Jay traveled the world with the telephone pioneers. He was an avid reader of history and his hobbies included swimming, watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball and playing tennis which he did well into his 80s.
He loved our large family gatherings and he will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his:
Surviving are his:
The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Cedarhurst of Shiloh.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Visitation: Visitation from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Graveside Service will be held at 1:15 pm, October 2, 2019 at Lake View Memorial Gardens Reiss Chapel.
So sorry for your loss. This family produced two of my dearest friends Marty and Joni. On behalf of the, “Trails Gang” let me express our heartfelt sympathy to you Marty and your family. Love Eric Reeve West Belleville