MOUNT VERNON — Richard W. Jessup Sr., 86, met face to face with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, March 19, 2010, at Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Oct. 26, 1923, in Painted Post, N.Y., to the late Murray Jessup and Mable (Casey) Jessup. Mr. Jessup served as a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy for 10 years during World War II and the Korean War. He left the service with an honorable discharge.
Mr. Jessup came to Mount Vernon in 1953 after serving in the Navy and was employed by Cooper Bessemer testing engines in the test house. He worked there for 20 years before starting his own business, Richard W. Jessup & Sons in 1978.
Mr. Jessup helped build several churches in the area, including Emmanuel Baptist Church and Faith Baptist Church of Mount Vernon, where he and his wife are charter members. He served in many capacities over the years, including Adult Sunday school teacher, deacon, chairman of the board, Sunday school superintendent and door greeter for many years. He had a passion for serving the Lord and seeing people come to know his Savior.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Betty (Pearrell) Jessup; his children, Judi Zolman, Carol Szerlip, Dick Jessup Jr., Cherie (Kevin) Moore, Robin (Robert) Bolds and Michael (Dawn) Jessup; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters, Jean DeGroat of Texas, Betty Barringer of Texas, Nancy (Harry) Chandler of Nevada and Thelma (Vern) Parker of Mount Vernon; and two brothers, Don Jessup of Texas and David (Mary Ann) Jessup of New York.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Genevieve Kruegar of San Francisco; and a son-in-law, Jeffrey Zolman of Mount Vernon.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 26, at 11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church, 8764 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, with the Rev. Robert Bolds officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council. Calling hours will be Thursday, March 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Richard W. Jessup Sr.