97 years, and not a day of sunshine was wasted. Jessie Charles Gideon (Papa Jake) epitomized the spirit, resilience, and will of the greatest American generation. Papa Jake passed away February 9 2021 dearly loved by family and friends, well respected by those who knew him.
Born Jessie Charles Gideon on Friday morningSeptember 14, 1923 to John and Gertrude(Todd) Gideon, in Ranger, Texas.
The 3rd of 4 children, Papa Jake grew up in the midst of the Great Depression, learned, and practiced trade skills in CCC Camps. Upon the U.S. entrance into WWII, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, volunteered for hazardous duty on the Submarine USS Plunger in the Pacific. After the war, he moved his family to Notrees, Texas, working for Cities Service(Citgo)/Occidental Oil Company as a roustabout, pumper, gang pusher, and production foreman, retiring after 40 years of service.
He moved to Alvarado, Texas to spend his retirement near his family, and was an active member in VFW Post 9299, and the American Legion Post 426, both of Alvarado, Tx. He cherished his family, and the many friends he had throughout his long, and accomplished life.
Papa Jake was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Murle Jean (Gilbreath), whom we lovingly called Mimi. Both his parents John and Gertrude (Todd) Granny Gideon, his youngest son Johnny Glen Gideon and daughter in law Yvonne. His brothers George, and Steve Gideon, and his beautiful sister Gay Nell (Gideon) Daskevich. His Nephews Bob Daskevich, and Gary Bagwell.
Papa Jake is survived by his eldest son Charles Edward, and his wife Patty Gideon, his 5 grandchildren, Lucretia, and husband Barry Wolverton, Todd, and wife Chrystal Gideon, Teri Lynn Gideon, Johnna Gay Gideon, and her husband Robert Strittmatter, Edward Lee, and his wife Dr. Wendy Gideon. Great-grandchildren Bearett, and wife Jennifer Wolverton, Seth, and his wife Janea Wolverton, Steven Gideon, Jacob(Jake) Gideon, and Mason Gideon. Great-great grandchildren Jennaleigh Wolverton, Jude Wolverton, Gideon Wolverton, and Solomon Wolverton. His brother in law Billy, and wife Raye Nell Shelton. nephews Bill Gideon, Clyde Gideon, Ron Daskevich, Carl Gideon, and David Shelton. Nieces Sandy Jo Kinman, Sharon Latimer, the always beautiful Gay Ann Daskevich Wolford, and numerous beloved friends.
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