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Jesse Fred Dishman

October 19, 1946September 12, 2020

Jesse F. Dishman (October 19, 1946 – September 12, 2020) It is with great sadness that we share news of the passing of Jesse F. Dishman. He passed peacefully in Indianapolis, Indiana, after a long battle with emphysema the morning of Saturday, September 12, 2020. Jesse was born in Wayne County, Kentucky and lived most of his early life in and around the Slickford, Kentucky area. A great lover of nature, he spent much of his early life in the woods of Kentucky. He held many very fond memories of his days in the woods with his Grandpap Gene. He married his grade school sweetheart Betty Jean Pyles. They quickly built a family. As a young father with two small children and a third on the way, he moved his family to Indianapolis. There the young couple built a happy life together. They eventually built and shared a successful business, Dishman Upholstery. A craftsman at heart, he took pride in his work, never cut corners, and was a highly sought after and very skilled upholsterer. Never shying away from hard work and the values and integrity instilled in him by his parents, he was known for working long 6-day weeks until he was forced to retire due to his declining health. Whatever he lacked in opportunities for formal education, he more than made up for in natural intelligence, wit, ingenuity, and curiosity. A life-long learner, he spent much of his spare time watching programs on Discovery, The Nature Channel, The History Channel, and other educational programs. He also had a great love of westerns and auto racing. In spite of long hours of work, a passion for hunting and auto racing, he was a devoted husband, father, and friend. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Betty Pyles Dishman, children, James, Charlotte and Dallas, daughter-in-law Sandy Dishman, siblings Glenas Bertram, Pasty King, Earnest and Sterlie Dishman, grandchildren Mitchell Arthur, Amanda and Melinda Wilson, and Carly (Drake) Foster, great-grand children Kavan, Patty, Brian, Tamra, Jordon, MacKenzie, Kendall, and Liam, and a newly-born great-great-grandson, and his best friend Charles “Willis” McGinnis. He is preceded in death by his parents Nellie Criswell and Freeman Dishman, his sisters Omie Hancock and Mae Harmon, and his brothers Carl, Ervin, Cecil “ Raplh”, and Harlan ”Harold B” Dishman.

According to his wishes, there will be no memorial or burial services. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled in Monticello, Kentucky when COVID19 restrictions on public gatherings have been lifted. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that contributions may be made to the maintenance of upkeep of the Dishman Family Cemetery in Slickford, Kentucky, the final resting place of many of Jesse and Betty’s immediate and extended family members. Donations can be sent to Dishman Cemetery Fund Plot #2, Monticello Bank, P.O. Box 421, Monticello KY 42633.


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Charlene (McGinnis) Anderson

September 18, 2020

My memories of Uncle Jesse consists of camping, visiting his upholstery shop, visiting his home and the many trips where we would all meet up in Kentucky where Dad and Jesse went into the mountains to go hunting. They both knew they were not allowed to come back until they had at least three squirrels each for all 6 of us kids. I also have very fond memories of a particular camping trip in which four of us kids decided to go farther than the other two who backtracked so they wouldn't get into trouble. You know who you are. That trip is one of the best memories of my life and every time we would get together either Betty or Jesse would remind us of it, as if we could ever forget. And then there was the other time on another camping trip where you were taking the lead, dad was following and we got stuck in a big mud puddle and you had to pull us out. I can still hear you saying to dad, "I thought you were gonna follow me to the side there so you all didn't get stuck" ....So, so many good times and laughs. Thank you Uncle Jesse for the wonderful memories. I'll see you on the other side one day, Love you.

Dallas Dishman

September 16, 2020

As many of you know, my father has been ill with late stage emphysema for several months. After struggling bravely, he passed peacefully. My mother, sister, brother, and sister in law were able to be with him during the final days of his life, showing him great love. Many of my values and beliefs come from my parents. As I age I become ever more aware of just how many of my traits I inherited from my father. He had a natural curiosity, was an analytical thinker, was handy, and always had a willingness to take on unfamiliar tasks, believing that it’s only through trying that we learn what we can actually accomplish. My dad was a very private person who worked very hard for whatever he had in life, which was not great wealth but was always far more than he had growing up. I always said of him, and lately to him, he wasn’t perfect but he always did the absolute best that he knew how to do. That was his way with everything, including parenting. He was a phenomenal craftsman and I have always taken great pride in his skill as an upholsterer. He truly was “the best in the business”. The thing about my dad is that there wasn’t anything extraordinary about his life, but to me he was an extraordinary person who accomplished great things in his own right. He rose in life so very far above where he started. At the end of the day, he was a hard working, modestly successful, self-made man, who gave his all to provide for his wife and children. He was the very best father he knew how to be. I will miss him greatly. I want to also take a moment to acknowledge my mom and sister who were with him, caring for his every need, every day, all day and night, from the first moment he was unable to care for himself. It was through their extraordinary efforts that he was able to remain at home and comfortable as long as was medically feasible. They showed him the greatest of love, care, and compassion possible. I am so proud of them and I am so proud of him.

Cyndi (sally) Pyles

September 13, 2020

I have such a wonderful array of memories of my uncle Jessie. He always greeted me witha "hello sally" prceeded with a big ole grin. He was a very intelligent man who you could catch sometimes just sitting and listening to the other men folk ramble with that" i dont see it that way look in his eyes. Jessie will forever remain a wonderful and blessed memory in each our minds and will be grearly missed. Rest high on the mountain uncle Jessie until we meet again.

Stephanie (Pyles) Stephens

September 13, 2020

Let me tell you something about this man.. Uncle Jesse always had some sort of insight into things that most of us in the "holler" never even heard of. But I listened to what he had to say because I always thought he was a very intelligent and interesting man. Most of the time I had no idea what he was even talking about, but I still loved to listen to him. He would mingle with the family at our reunions...then he'd be off wandering around, usually down the road from granny and grandpas house. As a child, I couldn't wait for family reunions to roll around because I knew Uncle Jesse and Aunt Betty would be "coming in". We always anticipated their visits...or at least I know I did....what child wouldn't! They brought cookies "all the way to Kentucky from Indiana." Best cookies ever!!! And as a simple minded little girl from the hills of Slickford, Indiana might as well have been across the ocean. Uncle Jesse always wore a smile and I honestly can't remember a time of seeing him without it. And that's the memory I hold dear to my heart as I mourn today with Aunt Betty and his children. I love you guys and hope to see all of you very soon. May God give you peace and comfort.


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