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Jesse Judd

Jesse Coleman "Jay" Judd Jr.

Saturday, May 25th, 1929 - Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
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Jesse “Jay” C. Judd, 91, of Scottsbluff, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at The Residency Care Center in Scottsbluff. Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation. His memorial service will be held at 10am on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff with Pastor Chris Kester Beyer officiating. Inurnment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery with Military Honors by the Gering American Legion Post #36. Jay was an avid reader and it was common for him to read several books a week. In lieu of any flowers, a memorial in Jay’s honor has been established to the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library. Online condolences may be made by viewing Jay’s memorial page at Bridgman Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Scottsbluff is entrusted with arrangements.

Jay was born in Pickering, MO to Jesse C. and Mildred (Sharr) Judd on May 25, 1929. The family moved to western Nebraska when Jay was 5 years old. He graduated from Minatare High School in 1948. He served his country in the United States Marine Corp and saw active duty during the Korean War conflict.

On a blind date in May 1955, he was introduced to Donna Opheim of Thor, IA by lifelong friends Keith and Pat Buskirk. The date proved to be a success. They married December 11, 1955.

Jay was employed by Pathfinder’s Irrigation for 35 years.

Jay is survived by his wife Donna; daughter Colleen (Philip) Kelly; granddaughter Candice; two great-grandchildren and many extended family members.

His son Lee, and his parents preceded him in death.

The family wishes to thank the staff at The Residency Care Facility for the compassion shown toward Jay during his short time as a resident.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, August 15th, 2020 10:00am
    Calvary Lutheran Church
    17 E 27th
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    Pastor Chris Kester-Beyer
  • Interment

    Sunset Memorial Park
    180632-180650 U.S. 26
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Bruce and Donna

Posted at 01:30am
To the family of Jesse,
I remember Jesse during my time as Charge nurse at SNC. He was a kind man and I am
honored to have been a part of his care
In Jesus Christ,
Bruce and Donna (Sterkel) Bennett
Kyle, Texas

Betty Kenyon

Posted at 01:36pm
My sincere sympathy to Jay's family. From a "fellow member" of the MHS class of 1948.
Betty Kelso Kenyon

Mark Shields

Posted at 11:24am
Honored to have had Jay and Donna as rural neighbors for 30 years. Always enjoyed honking and waving as we passed by their front door. Fond memories.

Brian Wasson

Posted at 12:12pm
Semper Fidelis Sir, may you rest in peace...

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