Jesse “David” Sasser, 86, of Bethalto, passed away at 7:10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, with his family by his side, under the care of BJC Hospice.
He was born Sept. 25, 1928, in Lauderdale County, Tenn., the son of the late J.W. and Allie B. (Ward) Sasser.
He married K. Marie Wiseman on Feb. 14, 1951, in Hernando, Miss. She survives. They celebrated 64 years of marriage.
David served his country in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict — 1946 to 1947. He was a lineman for Ameren Electric Company for 40 years until retiring in 1988. David was a member of the Meadowbrook 1st Southern Baptist Church. He was a member of IBEW No. 649 for 60 years and was the Meadowbrook fire chief for five years. David enjoyed camping, driving, telling stories and most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by seven children and their spouses, David Timothy “Tim” and Terri Sasser of Williston, N.D., Patty and Jeff Hemken of Hillsboro, Janie and Jimmie Denton of Palmer, Alaska, Marty and Renee Sasser of Bethalto, Starla and Mark Cain of Bethalto, Shelly and Donnie Hopson of Asheville, N.C., and Terry and Elizabeth Sasser of Villa Allende, Argentina; 24 grandchildren and their spouses; 32 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Barry Lynn Sasser; three brothers, Robert Sasser, William Sasser and Steve Sasser; and two sisters, Eunice Rogers and Molly Sue Mintert.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.
Visitation will continue from 10 until services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, at the funeral home with Pastor Calvin Reynolds and Pastor Jeff Hemken officiating.
Burial will follow at Rose Lawn Memory Gardens in Bethalto with military rites given by the Alton VFW Post 1308.
Memorials may be made to the BJC Hospice or Meadowbrook 1st Southern Baptist Church.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.