Frank Tesson

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Frank F. Tesson Jr., 89, of Jackson passed away Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009, at his home.

He was born June 18, 1920, in St. Louis, to Frank F. and Nettie Larmie Tesson Sr.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving from Jan. 29, 1943, to Oct. 3, 1945. He was awarded five Bronze Stars for the battles and campaigns of Normandy, Northern France, Central Europe, Rhineland and Ardennes.

Frank worked 27 years as an over-the-road truck driver for Dohrn Transfer Co. in St. Louis.

He and Wilma Peterman-Miinch were married Nov. 25, 1989, in St. Charles, Mo. They moved to Jackson in 1994.

Frank liked to fish, dance and play cards, horseshoes and washers. He especially enjoyed golf and had marshaled at the J.C. Golf Course in Cape Girardeau. He and Wilma liked to camp and had traveled to several states.

Loving survivors include his wife of 19 years, Wilma Tesson of Jackson; a son, Mike (Carol) Tesson of O'Fallon, Mo.; two daughters, Diana Barton and companion Jim of Warrenton, Mo.; and Vicky (Dave) Blaser of Swanee, Fla.; three stepsons, John (Vickie) Miinch of Sedgewickville, Mo., Harold (Paulette) Miinch of Patton, Mo., Doug Miinch of Fredericktown, Mo.; two stepdaughters, Vicki (Gary) Ambrose of Bethalto, Ill., Jo (Jay) Mitchem of Patton; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, June K. Smith Tesson, four brothers and two sisters.

The family will hold a private memorial service. McCombs Funeral Home in Jackson is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial gifts are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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