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“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...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Dean and Diane Johnson - Runnells, IA

“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...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Daniel and Cheryl Nuno - Family

“My condolences. I never saw Jesse without a smile on his face or a good story to tell. Great man and friend. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: Jerry McGuire

“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...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Frank Nuno - MCKINNEY, TX

“RIP Jesse you will never be forgotten, I hope you and my Mom have fun up there ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Juliana Moran Kinsella - Family

“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....Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Linda aka Gonzo - Coworker

“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...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Brent Long - Grimes, IA - Friend

“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...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Debbie Nuno - Omaha, NE - Family

“Carolyn & family. I was one of the operators at BMC and had the pleasure of working with Jessie. I am so sorry for your loss...you wl be in my...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Carolyn Petersen - Ormond Beach, FL

“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...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Joseph Cabral - Omaha, NE

“Jesse you will be greatly missed I remember our time at Broadlawns. You were a great person. I will miss you Rest in Peace. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: David Cram - Des Moines, IA

“May you be at peace, Jess. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Sandy Christensen - Fremont, NE

“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...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: David Veach - Carlisle, IA


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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.