Obituary Details

Rev. Henry Frederic W. Jesdinsky

(02/04/1881 - 09/21/1955)
Courtesy of Lusk Free Lance, 09/29/1955

Concluding Rites for Late Reverend Henry Jesdinsky Conducted Friday; Interment is in Jay Em Cemetery

Concluding services were held for the late Rev. Henry Jesdinsky, retired minister of the Jay Em community, at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, Sept. 23rd from the chapel of the Peet Funeral home.

The services were conducted with Rev Henry Baumgateral, Nisland, So. Dak., Rev. M. Hoenhaar and Rev. G. T. Zudner, Wheatland, Wyo., and Rev. A. C. Kroehler, Hardin, Mont., all officiating during some portion of the rites.

A mixed quartet of composed of Mrs. Emerson Bonner, Mrs. Otha Holcomb, Don Unruh and Dale Lyons sang "Rock of Ages", and "Beyond the Sunset", with Mrs. A. F. DeCastro as organist.

The remains were conveyed overland to the cemetery at Jay Em where they were laid to rest. Casketbearers were Max Robinette, W. C. Robinette, Ivan Farrel, James Harris, Robert Wolfe and Charles Bass.

Rev. Jesdinsky had been ill for the past several months and quietly passed away at the family home in Jay Em on Wednesday, September 21st, at the age of 74 years, seven months, and 17 days.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Martha Jesdinsky of Jay Em, Wyo.; one daughter, Mrs. Cecil Pugsley, Jay Em; a son, Karl Jesdinsky of Falls City, Nebr., and six grandchildren, Jack, Lee, Shirley, Janet, Joyce, and Nancy Pugsley, all of Jay Em, and two sisters and one brother in Germany.

The Lusk Herald
September 22, 1955
Rev. Jesdinsky Of Jay Em Dies At Home Wed.

Rev. Henry Jesdinsky, 74, a resident of Jay Em for the past several years, died at his home about ten o'clock this Wednesday morning after an illness of two months.

No date has been set as yet for the funeral services which will be held at the Peet Chapel with interment in the Jay Em cemetery.

Rev. Jesdinsky was a retired minister of the Evangelical and Reformed Church. After leaving his last regular charge at Streeter, N.D., he and Mrs. Jesdinsky moved to Jay Em but for the past few years he has temporarily served as pastor in churches at Mitchell and Gering, Neb.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Martha Jesdinsky; one son, Karl of Falls City, Neb.; one daughter, Mrs. Cecil Pugsley of Moore Springs, and six grandchildren.

The Lusk Herald
September 29, 1955
Funeral Services For Rev. Jesdinsky Are Held Friday

Funeral services were conducted Friday, Set. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in the Peet Chapel for Rev. Henry Jesdinsky of Jay Em who died at his home the previous Wednesday morning. Ministers of the Evangelical and Reformed Church who officiated included Rev. Henry Baumbaertel, Nisland, S.D.; Rev. M. Hoenhaar and Rev. G. T. Zucher; both of Wheatland; and Rev. A. R. Kroehler, Hardin, Mont.

A mixed quartet, composed of Donley Unruh, Dale Lyons, Mrs. Emerson Bonner and Mrs. Otha B. Holcomb, sang "Rock of Ages" and "Beyond the Sunset" accompanied by Mrs. A. F. DeCastro, organist.

Pallbearers were: Robert Wolfe, Willard Robinett, Max Robinett, James Harris, Charles Bass and Ivan Farrel. Interment was in the Jay Em Cemetery with the Peet Mortuary in charge.

Henry Frederic William Jesdinsky was born February 4, 1881 in Glatz, Germany, the son of Karl and Louise Jesdinsky. He received his education in a missionary institution in Germany.

He was married November 8, 1908 to Miss Marha Schmude and the couple had two children: Ruth, now Mrs. Cecil Pugsley of Moore Springs, and Karl of Falls City, Neb.

The family came to the United States in 1927 and lived temporarily in Buffalo, N.Y., and Philadelphia, Penn. In 1928 Rev. Jesdinsky was ordained as a minister of the Evangelical and Reformed Synod, taking charge of a church at Longmont, Colo. Other pastorates he served were Lingle and Wheatland, Wyo.; Nisland, S.D., and Streeter, N.D.

In 1946 Rev. and Mrs. Jesdinsky retired to their home at Jay Em in order to be near their daughter and her family. Here the former pursued his hobby of gardening and took pride in beautifying his property.

Regardless of his retirement age he served as supply minister for the past nine years in Gering, Bayard and Mitchell, Neb. After long and faithful service as supply minister his health failed him in July of this year and for nine weeks he suffered complete physical exhaustion.

Rev. Jesdinsky is survived by his wife, Mrs. Martha Jesdinsky, the two above-mentioned children, and six grandchildren: Jack, Shirley, Lee, Janet, Joyce and Nancy Pugsley.

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