Veteran-IntroJesse McIntyre Jr, 88, of Oak Ridge, passed away, Monday, March 28, 2016, at Chateau Girardeau in Cape Girardeau.

He was born April 30, 1927, in Jackson, to Jesse and Lora Crites McIntyre. Jesse was a Navy combat veteran of World War II, serving aboard several aircraft carriers, on South Pacific islands, and during the Cold War.

During the 1960s, he worked in the McDonnell-Douglas Space Program which developed both the Gemini and Mercury spacecraft. He retired from Carter Carburetor in Saint Louis where he worked 25 years.

He loved working on antique cars and tractors, junking, and spending time with his family.  He possessed the unique ability to find almost anything someone was looking for.

He was a member of Altenthal-Joerns American Legion Post 158 in Jackson, a life member of Veterans of Foreign War 3838 in Cape Girardeau, and a member of the Henry Leavenworth Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.

Survivors include the love of his life, Joyce McIntyre; two sons, Jesse III (Trudy) of Kansas City, Missouri, and Ronnie of Jackson; a daughter, Debra (Scott) Stockton of Jackson; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Roy, Orville, and Albert McIntyre; a sister, Patrish Hockle of Fruitland; and one infant sibling.

Joyce loved him with all his flaws; and in her the concept of ceaseless love could find no better example.  He simply loved her too. He equally loved and was immensely proud of his children.  Through him, his children experienced antique cars, selling of produce throughout the greater Saint Louis area, and junking.   Like all McIntyre’s, he was a first class storyteller whose stories were both entertaining and insightful.  His stories included growing up in Southeast Missouri during the Depression, military service, people he met, and events he experienced. He was proud of his military service and instilled in his children the sense of duty and personal responsibility.  Though he is with the Lord, he remains ever present in the thoughts and love of his family here on earth.

Visitation will be at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson on Thursday, March 31, 2016.  It will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the observance of an American Legion service by Altenthal-Joerns Honor Guard. Visitation will continue until service time.

The funeral will be Thursday, at 1 p.m., at the funeral home, with the Rev. Bradley Crites officiating.  Burial will follow at New Salem Cemetery in Daisy, Missouri, with full military honors.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the American Legion Post 158.

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