Jesse A. Beanblossom

November 21, 1921January 22, 2019

Springfield, IL-Jesse A. “Beany” Beanblossom, 97, passed away at his home, Bickford House, at 4:20 am Tuesday, January 22, 2019. He was born in Litchfield, IL, November 21, 1921, the son of Jesse E. and Tillie (Heyen) Beanblossom. A graduate of Litchfield High School, Beany went on to serve in WW II with the United States Marine Corps. After leaving the service, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He married Verna Rull June 4, 1955 and she preceded him in death in 2006. Beany retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation after over 30 years of service. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church (LCMS) for many years and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Beany enjoyed technology and was dedicated to keeping up with Facebook, email and texting family and friends. He found great joy in being in touch and up to date with family and friends activities, accomplishments and special occasions. His annual Christmas letter was received by many relatives and friends, always upbeat and mentioning his family, the Chicago Cubs and the activities at Bickford House. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Gale Beanblossom of Chesterfield, MO, his sister-in-law, Shirley Rull of Litchfield, IL, several nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of friends. Todd and Gale would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at Bickford House and the Home Instead caregivers for their kindness and care given to Jesse. The family will greet family and friends at Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd. Springfield, IL from 4:00-6:30 pm on Monday, January 28, 2019. Additional visitation will be at Concordia Lutheran Church 2300 E Wilshire Rd. Springfield, IL Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 9:30 am until 10:15 am. Military Honors conducted by the Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County will be held at the church at 10:30 am Tuesday, followed by a funeral service with Reverends Michael Koschmann and James Hennig. A committal service will be held in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Mt. Olive, IL at 2:00 pm Tuesday, January 29, 2019. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may direct memorial contributions to Lutheran High School of Springfield 3500 W. Washington St. Springfield, IL 62711. Online condolences may be left for the family at Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West 217-544-5424.


  • Jesse E Beanblossom, Father
  • Tillie H Beanblossom, Mother
  • Verna Beanblossom, Wife
  • Laurine Birkenkamp, Sister
  • Todd (wife Gale) Beanblossom, Son
  • Shirley Rull, Sister-in-law

  • Lutheran High School


  • Visitation Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, January 29, 2019
  • Funeral Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Jesse A. Beanblossom

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Dr. Elizabeth Pepe

January 31, 2019

I met Jesse at a MABS-1 reunion, I think this was in 2002. Marine Air Base Squad 1 was in charge taking care of Henderson Field in Guadalcanal. He and my father were in the same unit. My father never was able to make the reunions, but after he died my mother and I decided we had to go. It was their 58th annual reunion. My mother and I were welcomed with open arms. It was if the years just melted away.

Jesse and I became fast friends. We first corresponded by regular mail, and then he learned about Facebook. I could not believe that a gentleman of his age would find Facebook the best way to keep up with everyone he knew. He also sent beautiful cards he made in his crafting classes.

He was a wonderful friend, and I feel honored to have met him. Rest In Peace Jesse. Thank you for your service and friendship.

Slow Hand Salute.

Dr. Elizabeth Pepe

monica williams

January 25, 2019

I was one of Jesse's caregivers he was such a sweet, sincere and genuine person. He wasn't just a client he was my one of my good friends. Gone wayyy to soon.. U definitely will be missed and never forgotten..
R.I.P. Jess

Amy Murphy

January 25, 2019

I cared for Jesse at the Bickford House and he was a true joy in every sense of the word. He always had a smile on his face and was always ready to give big hugs and a kiss! We talked about his wife and his career and the things he truly enjoyed doing with his wife. Jesse will be missed, but is now home with his wife, whom he missed so greatly.

Dawn James

January 25, 2019

Jesse was a gentle man who was very loved & respected. He was very intelligent & great to talk to. He will be missed! Always a pleasure to see & talk to him. He is in the Glory of our Lord & with his beloved wife now. Hugs & prayers to the family for their loss.
Dawn James