Oct. 4, 1954-June 29, 2013
Jesse Orvil Stilke, 58, of Detroit Lakes, died Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Fargo.
Jesse, the son of Dean and Sally (Burrille) Stilke, was born on October 14, 1954 in Detroit Lakes. He was raised and educated in Frazee and Detroit Lakes. Jesse was united in marriage to Karen Weets on May 4, 1974 in Detroit Lakes.
As a young man he enlisted in the United States Army in 1972 and served until his honorable discharge in 1978. Upon his return to Detroit Lakes, Jesse started his career as a truck driver. He worked for numerous trucking companies throughout the years, most recently K and K Trucking, until his health would no longer allow him to continue his career on the open road.
Jesse enjoyed hunting, fishing, jet skiing, camping, cooking and riding his Harley. He will be missed by his family and friends.
Surviving Jesse are his wife, Karen Stilke of Detroit Lakes; children, Lori (Brain) Buck of Detroit Lakes, Dean (Liza) Litzau of Frazee, Susan (Cesar) Rivas of Detroit Lakes and Jesse Stilke of Detroit Lakes; nine grandchildren, Bryce Buck, Kari (Tyler) Vandenberghe, Antonio Stilke, Lilianna and Reina Rivas, Mercedes, Abbi, Nicole and Colt Litzau; three great-grandchildren, Arianna, Kaedan and Hunter; one brother, Nathan Stilke of Desmond, Texas; one sister, Sally (Mike) Nossek of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding Jesse in death were his parents; son, Chan Litzau; and one brother, Mike Stilke.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 5 at West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services.
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