Jesse Smoot, age 95, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, October 27, 2011, at the Christian Park Health Care Facility in Escanaba.
Jesse was born September 12, 1916, in Kentucky, the son of Edmond and Ella (Farley) Wolfe . He was raised in Kentucky and attended the Harlan County Schools. Jesse went onto enlist in the United States Army where he served in WWII during the invasion of Normandy. Throughout his enlistment, Jesse received medals of accommodation which included, the American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with silver battle star attachment, WWII Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII and the Driver and Mechanic Badge. It was truly an honor for Jesse to receive each accommodation for his courage and bravery while serving his country.
On August 30, 1947, Jesse was united in marriage to the former Genevieve Augustson, at the Gladstone Evangelical Covenant Church, and together the couple made their home and began their family in Gladstone. Jesse was employed at Coyne Chevrolet, in Escanaba, working as a Master Mechanic, until his retirement in 1978. He was a member and past commander of the Gladstone American Legion August Mattson Post 71, past commodore of the Gladstone Yacht Club and member of the American Legion 40 et 8. Jesse was proud of his military heritage, always attending his yearly reunions with fellow soldiers of WWII. Considered to be a