Jesse Valdez

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Jesse Valdez passed away on October 24, 2018, in Olathe, Kansas at the age of 80. 

Jesse is survived by his sons Ed (Angie), Jesse II, brother Eladio Jr. (Toni), and grandchildren Carynn, Krista, Jesse III, and Max as well as many nephews and nieces all of Kansas City. He was preceded in death by his wife Cecilia; sisters Lucy Valdez and Angie Oropeza and brothers David and Joe also of Kansas City. 

Jesse was born in the Argentine area of Kansas City, Kansas, to Luz and Eladio Valdez. He graduated from Argentine High School and later graduated from Kansas City Kansas Community College earning an Associate’s of Arts degree in Business. In 1954, Jesse began working in the grocery store business for Milgram’s and was promoted to Store Manager in 1970. He finally retired after a fulfilling 46 year career of management in grocery business. 

He married the love of his life, Cecilia Zuniga, and together they raised their family in Kansas City, Kansas before moving to Merriam, Kansas. 
Jesse served with the Missouri Army National Guard from 1960 to 1966. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus from 2000 till his death and earned his 4th Degree in 2001 and later was a Faithful Navigator. He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Shawnee, Kansas since 1975, a member of the Mission Optimist Club and a member of the Mission Chamber of Commerce from 1970 to 1975. 

Jesse gained so much joy from attending his sons and grandson’s sporting events and enjoyed watching his granddaughters participate in dance and cheer. He stayed busy taking pictures of every event he attended and always cheered on the Royals, Chiefs, and Kings.  For the past nine winters, you could find him on the beach in Mexico where he enjoyed the cool ocean breeze, the hot sun, and making memories with the people he loved. He cherished family time where the Mexican food was always hot, the drinks were always cold, and the Mexican music never stopped. 

Jesse never met a stranger, was dependable, and a hard worker. He was proud to be Mexican. He was proud to be American. 

Celebration of Life, November 1st, 2018 at Merriam Community Center, 5701 Merriam Drive, Merriam, KS 66203. Visitation 5:00-7:30 pm with Rosary at 7:30. There will be a memorial mass, Friday, November 2nd starting at 10:00 am with visitation at 9, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 12800 W. 75th St., Shawnee, KS 66216.