Jesse Lee Aldridge
December 27, 1940 – May 2, 2020
Jesse Lee Aldridge, Chief Master Sergeant (CMSGT) retired, a resident of Austin, TX for the past 41 years, passed away suddenly after a long illness on May 2, 2020 and was surrounded by his family. He was born in Honolulu, HI December 27, 1940 the son of Jesse C. and Helen (Ouchi) Aldridge, both deceased. As a child, Chief Aldridge lived on what is now Waikiki Beach and remembered being in a tub covered by a mattress during the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Chief Aldridge joined the United States Air Force in 1961 and met Patricia Ann Supczak in January 1963 while stationed at Westover Air Force Base in MA. They were married June 22, 1963 at All Saints Catholic Church in Ware, MA. The most important thing in his life was his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Patricia, daughters Kimberly (Paul) Massaro of Cedar Park, TX, Lynn (James) O Donnell III, and Tammy (Julian) Partridge both of Austin and son Jesse (Sherrie) Aldridge Jr. of Dripping Springs, TX. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren Nicole and Alex Massaro, James IV, Joseph and Mary O Donnell, Colin, Hailey and Emily Partridge and Jesse (Trey) III and Megan Aldridge. Surviving siblings are Walter (Dixon) Aldridge of Memphis, TN, William (Karen) Scroggs of Chapel Hill, NC, Ricki Aldridge of Clinton, SC Dottie (Craig) Freeman of Gaithersburg, MD, and Janice (Bobby) Compton, Kathi (Banks) Drennan, Terri Lowe all of SC and several nieces and nephews. A brother Donnie and sister Judy predeceased him.
Chief Aldridge attended public schools in SC and MD graduating from Baltimore City College High School prior to enlisting in the US Air Force. Initially a jet engine mechanic, he later cross-trained to become an outstanding First Sergeant, receiving First Sergeant of the year awards several times at Bergstrom AFB in Austin and Soesterberg AB in the Netherlands. Chief Aldridge retired in 1987 with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, the highest non-commissioned officer rank in the Air Force. In his 27 years of service he had remote tours in Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam (3 times), and tours in the Philippines, The Netherlands, stateside in Massachusetts, Florida, South Dakota, New Mexico and Texas before settling in Austin.
During his military career Chief Aldridge earned the following: Meritorious Service Medal with One Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Marksman Ribbon, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Military Education Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with One Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, National Defense Medal, Air Force Overseas Service Long Tour Ribbon and Short Tour Ribbon with Two Bronze Leaf Clusters and the Air Force Training Ribbon. Chief Aldridge also earned the Vietnam Service Medal with Three Bronze Service Stars, Air Force Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Expeditionary Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with One Oak Leaf Cluster, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
After military retirement Chief Aldridge obtained his BA in Social Psychology from Park College in 1998. He went on to work for the Lago Vista Pro Shop and later managed the Bar K Golf Course prior to his second retirement. He was a master woodwork craftsman and made beautiful furniture for his family and doll houses for his granddaughters.
At his request, Chief Aldridge was cremated. A military memorial service will be held on May 16, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home, 9700 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin, TX 78750. His remains will be buried in the Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church Cemetery in Ware, MA with a commitment service at a later date. The family requests in lieu of flowers you spend time with your family as that what was important to him or make a donation to Heroes Night Out – Veteran Resource Center, 1150 S. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park, TX 78613 or the charity of your choice.
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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Jesse Lee Aldridge
May 19, 2020
I loved you very much! I’m blessed to have been touched by your love, wisdom and guidance. You were one of my heroes and indeed a Legend! I will miss you until the day we meet again.
Crossing The Bar - Tennyson
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.
May 16, 2020
I am so so sorry for your loss, Pat and family. Jessie was a really special and kind man who helped me and taught me much. I would spend time at his garage with him just talking about anything. I will miss his smiling face. RIP now, Jessie. It was a pleasure to know you.
May 16, 2020
You and your family are on my heart and mind. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.
May 15, 2020
Dear Pat and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
May your sorrow lessen by sharing your fond remembrances together.
May your treasured thoughts remain forever.
Joseph and Yolanda Morales
May 14, 2020
I met Jess through his wife, Pat, as we worked together at Greater Texas Credit Union for many years. Jess helped me a few times when my car stalled and he came to help get it started again.
He was a master woodworker and I was fortunate to have him make a piece for me. I saw a piece at Pottery Barn that I liked, and in talking with Pat she mentioned Jess could make it. I gave him the Pottery Barn picture and voila…Pottery Barn Twinkie cube!! Jess’s handiwork can also be seen at the workplace as he created a cover for the coin machine, which helped with sound and also safety when open.
Jess was quiet when around me, yet I always felt his strength and care for his family as he assisted people that his family was connected with. I am thankful for his help and support in various times in my life.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
May 14, 2020
Dear Aldridge Family,
Words cannot express how saddened we were to learn of your grievous loss. Jesse was loved by so many and he will be dearly missed. Please accept our heartfelt condolence and be assured that your GTCU family will be here for you when you need us. We hope you find comfort in your many loving memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.
Peace be with you,
May 14, 2020
My Buddy (grandpa),was more of a father, friend and mentor to my brother and myself than any other man in our lives. He was the only male figure that didn’t let me down in any way. He might have been rough around the edges at times but he had a huge heart. I have gained more respect, honor and love for those in my life now because you have shown me the way. Forever in my heart, forever in my thoughts, forever my Buddy.
May 9, 2020
Dear Aldridge Family, I want to express my deep felt sympathy for your loss. Jesse was such a character and left an impression on many of us. Always the mad hawaiian! Thanks for memories. Love to all.
May 7, 2020
May the love in your heart give you all the strength you need, and bring you comfort in the memories you made together. You have my deepest sympathy. Prayers and Blessings to the entire family.
May 5, 2020
Jesse, you made a huge impact on my life in ways you can never imagine. remember the bike crash I had that broke my collar bone? you tied my shoes when I couldn't, you made sure I was ready for duty, in a presentable manner. you drove me back and forth for duty every day. you found me my first apartment in the Netherlands.
although long separated you were never forgotten or far from my heart. you made my life a joy. the many lessons shown guided me in a way you would be proud. I will never forget your smile!
farewell, see you on the ping pong table!l
May 5, 2020
My favorite memory of Uncle Jesse is when he and Jesse visited South Carolina and came to my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. It was so good to talk with him and to get to know my cousin a little more. I send prayers of comfort to all family and friends. Jesse is a great man and will be remembered!
May 5, 2020
I was fortunate to meet & get to know the Aldridge family while attending TAMU with Lynn. I felt very comfortable with ya’ll as it reminded me of my family. I can picture your dad quietly sitting on the couch while everybody else would be cackling about whatever was going on or whatever topic came up... then he’d head out to, what I assumed, work on his other passion... 1950’s era cars / Chevy’s
I remember how proud he was of you, Lynn, on your wedding day. It was very sweet watching him watch you on such a special day.
He loved his family, that was obvious, & you all gave him such a fulfilling life.
So sorry for your loss
May 4, 2020
This picture is from July 2016 when Aunt Pat and Uncle Jesse came to visit in Florida. I remember he paid me 50 dollars for a ten minute massage this visit, since I'm a LMT. I would have done it for free, but he wouldn't hear that one bit. He was over generous. Rest in peace Uncle Jesse , you will be greatly missed.
May 4, 2020
You were, are, and always will be my hero...Thank you for teaching me to be the man and father I am today.
I will miss you each and every day!
The world is a little dimmer, now that you are not in it...