Jesse John Guzman

  • Born: September 7, 1941
  • Died: September 7, 2020
  • Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jesse passed away peacefully on his 79th birthday, on Monday, September 7, 2020.

He was born on September 7, 1941 in Omaha, NE. He is survived by the love of his life Carolyn and their blended family; Terry Dickinson, Dan (Linda) Guzman, Christine Sisco, Kim Reiter, Tim (Tami) Marienau, Chris (Jacqueline) Marienau, Jenny (Dan) Bieck, Dustin (Cari) Guzman, Angie Circo, their grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many other loving family members & friends.

Jesse worked hard his whole life both during his career and retirement. He worked for Campos Construction and Arctic Insulation out of Omaha and owned a concrete construction business out of Fremont, NE. After deciding to semi-retire, he relocated to Altoona, Iowa where he worked for Warren Foods in the maintenance department. He also was a security guard at Broadlawns Medical Center and had many other part-time jobs in the Des Moines area.

Jesse served in the US Army and was a devoted veteran proud of his country. He was a member of the Altoona American Legion, VFW and the Eagles Fraternal Club. Jesse had a gift of making friends and spending time with all of them. The family wants to thank the Des Moines VA Medical Center and Unity Point- Iowa Methodist Medical Center for all their care and support through this difficult time.

Jesse's most cherished memories were spending time with family and friends, his special niece Christine Gamble, his loyal companion Daisy, motorcycle trips with friends, cooking Mexican dishes and tinkering/modifying numerous projects in the garage.

Jesse was preceded in death by his father, Jesus Mendoza, mother, Josephine Nuno and his brother, Bobby, and three grandchildren.

A military committal service will be held in Van Meter, Iowa at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery at 11:00 am on Monday September 14, 2020 with an open-house following to celebrate his life from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Boulevard).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please bring masks to these events.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Polk County Sheriff's Office or the Des Moines VA Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dean and I send our deepest sympathy! My heart is broken just hearing this news tonight from Wayne. The memories of Jess and you Caroline will always be in our thoughts and memories for a lifetime. anthony's bar Prayers to you Caroline and the family. He was such an awesome awesome awesome gentleman.

Posted by Dean and Diane Johnson - Runnells, IA - Friend   September 15, 2020

Jesse was there to help our family when our father passed away many years ago. We were so happy to have him and his siblings step in to give comfort and help out. We owe a debt of gratitude and send our condolences to his loved ones, we know he will be missed by many. May Eternal rest be yours brother, a very good man, a life well lived.

Posted by Daniel and Cheryl Nuno - Family   September 13, 2020

My condolences. I never saw Jesse without a smile on his face or a good story to tell. Great man and friend.

Posted by Jerry McGuire    September 13, 2020

I had not seen Jesse (Peeke) in years, what I do remember of him was always good.
he was always smiling and friendly. What I always remember of him is that he always seemed to have the coolest cars and pretty women. May you rest in peace Jesse.

Your cousin Frank Nuno

Posted by Frank Nuno - MCKINNEY, TX - Family   September 11, 2020

RIP Jesse you will never be forgotten, I hope you and my Mom have fun up there

Posted by Juliana Moran Kinsella - Family   September 11, 2020

Jesse was a true gentleman , he always had a smile on his face . I had the honor to work with him at BMC. He turned the bad times into good ones. A true angle on earth. He now resides with our father in Heaven and looks down upon us with his infectious smile. RIP Jessie u til we meet again.

Posted by Linda aka Gonzo - Coworker   September 10, 2020

My condolences to the Family and many many friends. Jesse was an amazing man that knew no strangers. To Jesse, a stranger was simply a friend he hadn't yet had the pleasure to meet. That is a rare gift- and one I will truly miss!! Rest easy Jesse..

Posted by Brent Long - Grimes, IA - Friend   September 10, 2020

Jesse was a unique person. Loved by many. My love and prayers go out to his family. My cousin will always be remembered to me with that smile and laugh he always seemed to have when around. Rip cousin

Posted by Debbie Nuno - Omaha, NE - Family   September 10, 2020

Carolyn & family. I was one of the operators at BMC and had the pleasure of working with Jessie. I am so sorry for your wl be in my prayers. God Bless. Jessie weill be

Posted by Carolyn Petersen - Ormond Beach, FL - Coworker   September 10, 2020

Jesse was my first cousin. I have so many good memories of him as a young man. He had a great personality and was very outgoing. We had many conversations about the family over the years. He was so handsome and reminded me so much of my Uncle Jesse, he looked so much like him. Deepest sympathy to all the family and especially Dustin who kept us informed over the years. Joe and Mary Cabral

Posted by Joseph Cabral - Omaha, NE - Family   September 10, 2020

Jesse you will be greatly missed
I remember our time at Broadlawns. You were a great person. I will miss you
Rest in Peace.

Posted by David Cram - Des Moines, IA - Coworker   September 10, 2020

May you be at peace, Jess.

Posted by Sandy Christensen - Fremont, NE - Friend   September 10, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Jesse passing. I know him from the Eagles and I've had numerous conversations with him over the last few years.He is one of the nicest guys I've ever met. After meeting him and talking to him for the first time, I knew that Jesse knows no strangers and is just a great guy. I'm praying for all of you and am so thankful that I met Jesse and I'm better for it. God bless Jesse and all of you. He will surely be missed.

Posted by David Veach - Carlisle, IA - Friend   September 09, 2020