Jesse D. French
November 6, 1975 - January 5, 2009
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Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
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Friday 1/9, 3:00 pm
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Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
920-739-1231 | Map
Friday 1/9, 6:00 pm

French, Jesse D. Appleton Age 33, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 5, 2009. He was born in Jacksonville, FL on November 6, 1975, the son of Jay and Carol (Strickland) French. On June 14, 2003 he married Melissa Roth at her Grandma's house in Sheboygan. Jesse was a student at Fox Valley Technical College…

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Kimberly DeLongchamp left a message on August 12, 2009:
I am glad that I was able to be at your wedding. I will always remember how much you love Melissa and wanted to protect her in the process. I thought you were a great person and so happy that you married my friend because of that. Although your time was short and your departure was sad, I feel your purpose on Earth was great and you will continue to live in our hearts!
Belynda & Ken Wilson left a message on April 6, 2009:
We have known Melissa since she was just a little girl and so happy when she met and married Jesse, because she found her knight in shining armor!...I had only met Jesse a couple of times, but we were fortunate enough to have them visit us on their way down to Florida a couple of years ago...Jesse was a gentle man, who loved to share his thoughts and ideas about his life and his future with his loving wife---I was very touched by the love that Melissa and Jesse had for one another and we are saddened by his passing. I believe that we take that love with us when we leave this world and that Jesse will forever watch over Melissa and be her angel, forever. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with our darling Melissa... Love, Ken and Belynda
Luke and Amanda Fisher left a message on April 6, 2009:
Jesse truly had a heart of gold and continuously thought of and tried to help others, even when he didn’t have much. He gave my sister the only thing that truly matters in this world… his love. I will forever remember Jesse, and I will always appreciate his true love for my sister. Though Jesse’s life was cut far too short, it is obvious that he has had an impact and made a difference in many people’s lives. He will forever live in the hearts and memories of those who knew and loved him. Thank you, Jesse. Love, Amanda and Luke
holly/robert laster left a message on April 6, 2009:
jessie was a one of a kind person he was generous always giving people a helping hand and trying to keep everybody from fighting he was always their for his sibblings we will never find a person like jessie even if we tryed he never forgot the special times with his family or he never forgot to make time for them
Sharon Packett left a message on April 6, 2009:
I have known Jesse and Melissa for awhile, I was blest to have been at thier wedding. He was a good friend, he was a such a loving and caring person. Although I will be there for the funeral, I just needed to let people know. Sunday on yahoo chat we talked and he asked me to pray for him, he asked me to pray that he would be a better husband to Melissa and also that he wanted to be closer to Jesus. Although is hard for us, He did get just what he asked for. He is home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I look forward to seeing him again one day in Glory.
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
larry strickland left a message on April 6, 2009:
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Randy,Kathy,Philip and Zachary Strickland left a message on April 6, 2009:
Life is but a stopping place, A pause in what’s to be a resting place,Along the road to sweet eternity. We all Have different journeys, different paths along The way, we all were meant to learn some things, But never meant to stay … our destination is a Place far greater than we know. For some, The journey’s quicker, for some the journey’s Slow. And when the journey finally ends, We’ll claim a great reward and find an Everlasting peace together, With the Lord. Your smile and laughter will be missed. We Love You
Gary Griffis left a message on April 6, 2009:
I am so sorry to hear of Jesse's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. I will always remember Jesse and his bubbly smile and sense of humor. It was a priviledge to be his youth pastor and minister of music. All of us here at Old Plank Road Baptist Church will never forget Jesse. God bless you all. Gary Griffis
Deb Woroniecki left a message on April 6, 2009:
Melissa, I am so sorry to hear of your loss! Jesse was always pleasant when he stopped by to see me. I enjoyed working with him on his math, and my family and I had the pleasure of having him wait on our table at the Golden Corral. He will surely be missed by all. My condolences, Debbie Woroniecki (one of your math instructors)
Kevin Bradford left a message on April 6, 2009:
Over the last several months, I have had the privilege of getting to know Jesse. Jesse was a real blessing to me and my family. He always had a smile, and was always offering to help and do what he could when he was at my house. My children adored him, and would ask about him any time he was not at church or life group for various reasons. He was so kind to them, and children were drawn to him with his smile and sense of child-like laughter. I will never forget the times playing pool with Jesse late nights at the SuperBowl. We only went 3 or 4 times, but it was always filled with deep conversation that made me laugh at Jesse's curiosity even among our play. We would always finish with a game of air-hockey or Big Buck Hunting video game. Jesse was always, and I mean always trying to bless me by paying for drinks or pool. I will forever remember the night Jesse honored my family by taking us out to Olive Garden and Ice cream. Jesse was so proud and happy to offer the night out, and it came in a time when my family was desperately needing a night out. Jesse and Melissa provided that for my family, without us asking. It was a wonderful night. I will always remember Jesse as a man who had a heart to serve the hurting and hopeless. He always wanted to take care of the needy, even though in many ways he was in need. He challenged me to think outwardly and on-ward in many areas of my life. Jesse showed me the power of love, even when it is hard. He taught me that ministry is amazing when God moves in His timing and His ways. I am forever grateful for Jesse in these things. 2 Corinthians 5:1-8 1 For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, 3 if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. 4 For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. 6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. In this time of grief and struggling to understand the situation with Jesse this scripture brings peace to my soul and spirit. I know that it is us who are left behind that are feeling the pain on Jesse's absence and the grieving process trying to understand why and was this God's will or just an accident. This passage brings me the peace of understanding that for Jesse to be absent his body, is to be in the presence of the Lord Jesus. In the Lord's presence he feels no pain, has no sickness, feels no sorrow, doesn't cry, feels no shame, and was welcomed by the best choir ever assembled full of angelic hosts welcoming him home into His father's house that has been prepared for him. To the family, my prayers are with you today. My prayer is for you to receive the peace of Father God that surpasses all understanding. Jesse, you will be missed bro. you will be missed. Kevin Bradford
Mary Curry left a message on April 6, 2009:
I am so very sad to hear of Jesse's death. He was a wonderful young man--he worked hard to reach his dreams. He lived and loved life to the fullest. My time with him was brief, but I will always remember him.
Brian Schuette left a message on April 6, 2009:
Jesse I will always hold on to all the good times me and u had together. For instance, like me whipping your butt at pool,no i cant lie you always won.I'm so glad we were always able to talk to each other, i always valued your opinion and especially your understanding attitude.I also enjoyed you not lecturing me not as much haha.You will always be with me and my heart as i grow up. I will always love you and miss u!
Lisa Brenchley left a message on April 6, 2009:
Jessie you were always a good friend you accepted everyone no matter what they looked like you never judged the only thing you expected from some one was to accept you as you accepted others even when they didnt you saw the good in everyone anyway we loss a good and decent man on 1/5/09 and the Lord gained a loving and honest angel that day also I will never forget you and until we meet again in Heaven I will keep your memory alive with pitures and memories of you I will always Love you my friend my kids will also miss you dearly Malissa my heart goes out to you too I wish more people can be like you this world would be a better place R.I.P
Farrell Cox left a message on April 6, 2009:
Jesse was a very kind hearted person who never judged anyone for who they were or what they were. On 1-5-2008 god took a very special person that will be watching over us as always and forever.Jesse will always and forever be in my heart and till we meet again in Heaven you will always be in my heart.To Melissa I send my regards to you and the family,you will always be in my prayers till the day I leave this earth.
Farrell Cox left a message on April 6, 2009:
Jesse was a very kind hearted person who never judged anyone for who they were or what they were. On 1-5-2009 god took a very special person that will be watching over us as always and forever.Jesse will always and forever be in my heart and till we meet again in Heaven you will always be in my heart.To Melissa I send my regards to you and the family,you will always be in my prayers till the day I leave this earth.
Cindy Poehlman left a message on April 6, 2009:
Jesse was the baby in our family and I can truly say the one with the largest heart! He'll be missed by all of us.
Libby & Ron Ford left a message on April 6, 2009:
Jesse was my nephew and was such a kind and thoughtful person and always wanted to make people happy. Even after he moved to Wisconson he would call to let me know he was ok and that he loved us. We will surely miss him but we know he is in heaven having the time of his life. Ronnie & Libby
uncle larry &aunt bonnie left a message on April 6, 2009:
My prayers are with the family of jesse a kind and loving person he was . now he will walk those golden stairs for ever more there will be no tears in heaven. the good life has just began jesse had dreams and he persued them i am so proud of him he had a big heart anh loved his family so much tried to help everyone. we will miss him and we will not forget him who could miss some one with such a beautiful head of hair and for it to be auburn my kind of color , and those curls aunt bonnie loved you so vetry much .happy trails to you til we meet again.
Gene & Pam Williams left a message on April 6, 2009:
Please accept our deepest sympathies. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Nancy Oakes left a message on April 6, 2009:
To Melissa and Jesse’s family, I pray God’s peace will rest upon each of you. To touch someone’s life is the highest gift we can give to our friends and loved ones here on this earth. Jesse certainly did that with his love and thoughtfulness to everyone he knew. My heartfelt sympathy reaches out to you. I pray the Lord will give you renewed strength to meet the days before you. Jesse loved the Lord and the Lord loved Jesse and has given him the blessed gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Your Friend in Indiana, Nancy
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Denise and Dale Owen left a message on April 6, 2009:
Jesse the other way!! Thats what we all called to him as he ran to third base first. We have so many happy memories of Jesse, not just on the ball field but at home.After being friends for thirty years there will be a hugh hole in our hearts. No one can fill. There will only be ONE Jesse. We will miss him. I BELIEVE Jesse knew which way to run this time and Our Heavenly Father opened his arms and smiled as Jesse passed the gates into Heaven. ( We all Know he has a million questions for God) Our deepest sympathy and love to all of you in this time of grief. Love Denise and Dale
Eddy Strickland.bobby,ashley,hailey left a message on April 6, 2009:
jesse will be missed by his mother and father ,brothers and sisters so very much,but he will be rejoising in Heaven.
robert hillard left a message on April 6, 2009:
hi my name is robert hillard i am robert laster cousin and i am so sorry that bobby laster brother pass away robert hillard
Dolly & Paul Woodard left a message on April 6, 2009:
We did not know him, but we know his brother Bobby and his sister Sherry. There are no words that can ease the pain, but our prayers are with you. May God watch over you through this trying time. From our family to yours Paul & Dolly Woodard We are a brother-in-law and a sister of Bonnie Strickland
Edith Wilson left a message on April 6, 2009:
My prayers are with the family, knowing that Jesse is walking the street of gold talking with Jesus.
jimmy left a message on April 6, 2009:
May you rest in piece. With my deepest condolences Jimmy
Vera Ermin left a message on April 6, 2009:
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. With our condolences. Vera and Jim Ermin
Sarah Peck left a message on April 6, 2009:
My most sincere of condolences to Jesse's family. He was a wonderful person and a great friend. There will never be another like Jesse, God truely gave us a blessing by letting us be blessed to have Jesse in our lives. He was a angel among us sent from heaven to be there for us when we really needed someone to help us through lifes hard times. He tough me that God is always there for us and not to loose our faith, because we are surrounded by angels in our lives. I know because Jesse was there for me in the roughest time of my life and was a wonderful and caring friend. He will be missed and never forgotten.
Ashlee Bradford left a message on April 6, 2009:
Even though we only knew Jesse a short time he was a blessing to us! I especially appreciated his generosity towards my children, his kindness, and his desire to help others. He will be greatly missed! I'm incredibly sorry for your loss. Some special memories were the night we had dinner at Olive Garden (and ice cream too!), playing games together, and his bowling birthday party. I really wish there would have been more time to build a larger collection of memories...I had been looking foward to playing wii and making a trip to a waterpark... I pray Jesse is at peace, in comfort, and looking down and seeing how much he is missed and was loved. Love and Prayers, Ashlee
aven warren left a message on April 6, 2009:
I TOLD JESSE I WOULD SEE HIM BEFORE THE MO WAS OUT.MAYBE I AM GOING TO HEAVEN SOON I AM READY!!! I MISS HIM MORE THAN I CAN EXPRESS. MY HEART IS HEAVY ,REMINDS ME JESSE ALWAYS SAID HE IS NOT HEAVY HE IS MY BROTHER.I WILL SURE MISS PLAYING GAMES,TALKING ON THE PHONE THE EMAILS .WE ALSO LOVED GOING TO MOVIES ,EATING OUT .ONE HOLIDAY HE DROVE JUST TO TAKE ME OUT TO EAT WE ENDED UP AT SONIC,WHICH AFTER HE MET MELISSA IT BECAME ONE OF HER FAVORITES.NOW I WILL WAIT TIL WE CAN SUP TOGETHER AT GOD'S TABLE .
Linda Smith left a message on April 6, 2009:
Jesse was a kind and caring person and always wanted everyone along. He loved his family and enjoyed special occasions when we would all get together. I will miss him very much but I know he is happy now. Love Aunt Linda
Patsy & Billy Harden left a message on April 6, 2009:
Jesse, when I think of you, I think of kindness, thoughtfulness and love. You were always wanting to do something nice for someone, like what you did for us this past Thanksgiving. Jesse you had a tender and wonderful heart. You also had big dreams. Well tonight all of your dreams have come true beyond your wildest imagination, because you now have your mansion in paradise. Love Aunt Patsy and Uncle Billy.
Andrew Doman left a message on April 6, 2009:
I Knew Jesse through Mellisa and even though we never met in person I remember talking to him by phone a number of times and he was always so frendly and funny He dearly loved Melissa and he will be missed not only by her but by all his family and freinds Even though i cant be there please recive my Condolences from the other side of the world Longreach Queensland Australia To Melissa Im so sorry for your loss and you are in my thoughts and prayers All My Love Andrew Doman
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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