In Memory of

Jesse E. Schlichting

July 2, 1926 - December 27, 2016
Jesse Eugene 'The Whistler' Schlichting, was born July 2, 1926, to Nina Jane (Brees) and Lawrence Henry Schlichting. He grew up on a farm between Sutherland and Gaza, Iowa, and attended school in Gaza. He served in the U.S. Army, and earned his GED during his military service. Jesse married Dorothy Irvine on February 11, 1944. The couple was blessed with four children, Nina, Larry, Dennis and Patrick. Dorothy died in 1972, following a battle with breast cancer. In 1973, he married Fran. They enjoyed 29 years together until Fran's passing in 2002. He then married Lois Schlichting, who preceded him in death in 2015. Jesse ran a delivery route for Old Home Bread in the Iowa Great Lakes area for four years. He spent many years in the meat locker business, having owned and operated plants in Sutherland and Cherokee prior to building a new plant, 'Jesse's Fine Meats', in Cherokee. After retiring from the locker business, he owned and managed the Hilltop Village Trailer Court on the edge of Cherokee. Jesse was a kind-hearted soul, blessing so many with his happy whistling. His faith was very important to him, and his heart for children prompted him to donate land for a preschool where children could learn about Jesus. He volunteered at the preschool--praying for, and loving on the children. He enjoyed outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and mowing the grass. He also liked playing cards and visiting with people. Jesse passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at age 90. He was preceded in death by his parents; three wives; a sister, Annis and her husband, Don Simpson; a brother, C.W. 'Chub' Schlichting and his wife, Harriet; a brother-in-law, Ned Hill. Left to cherish his memory are his children: Nina (Terry) Dorr of Cleghorn, IA, Larry Schlichting of Cherokee, Dennis 'Red' (Linda) Schlichting of Medford, OR, and Pat Schlichting (Mary Corcoran) of Delta Junction, AK; his grandchildren: Chelle (Dan) Dannenbring of Freeman, SD, Tammy Roepke of Smithland, IA, Nikki (Joe) Kardouni of Medfield, MA, Dan Schlichting of Eldridge, IA, Andy (Jodi) Schlichting of Cherokee, Marcia (Eric) Colvert of Bend OR, Jeff (Heidi) Schlichting of Boise, IA, Ginny (Will) Redmond, Sally Schlichting and Jesse Schlichting, all of Fairbanks, AK; 11 great grandchildren; 2 step-great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Hill of Manteca, CA.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Meriden Evangelical Free Church, 412 E. 3rd St. in Meriden, IA.
Pastor Barry McCormick
"What a Friend We Have in Jesus" "Amazing Grace"
There will be no burial at this time.


Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I spent several hours visiting with Jesse and Lois and thoroughly enjoyed his stories! We discussed his life stories and surprisingly had a lot in common! After I left Village Northwest and didn't make it out to Cherokee anymore, I was able to keep up with Jesse through my husband who hunted on his land. He was a Generous, kind and hard-working Christian man we had the pleasure of knowing. We are so sorry for your loss!”
- Stacie R. Jorgensen
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Jesse gave me my one and only small airplane ride many years ago. I will never forget that and loved to hear him whistling...he was quite the man, loved him to death ”
- Carol Wilkie
Monday, January 16, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Just recently learned of his passing. My sincere condolences to his family. Many fond and funny memories of Jesse having grown up his neighbor, with him always out working, tinkering, and cruising around on his many carts, mopeds, ATVs, etc.. You could always hear the whistling clearly from our yard over 500' away, even over the sound of whatever vehicle he was cruising around in. He was a one-of-a-kind character. I am very happy to have him in my childhood memories, and it was really great to shake his hand and chat with him the last 2 times I was back home. He made a point to come and say hello or give a big wave when he saw us in town. May God rest his busy soul.”
- Dave Sonka
Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Sorry for you loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Bob and Janice Flanigan
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Jesse knew both my grandfather, Walter Dorr, and my dad, Gene Dorr. Red was a close friend to my brother, Tim. I remember going to the locker and picking out the frozen steaks and chops from our drawer. Brrrr, so cold in there! May your family be blessed with God's comfort and peace. My sympathy to you all.”
- Jackie Dorr Givens
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I always enjoyed visiting with him. He was a loving and considerate man.”
- Lee r Irvine
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Larry my thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Joyce A Brooker Chesney
Monday, January 2, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“Our condolences to the family and a prayer of thanks for Jesse's life. ”
- Danny Salter
Monday, January 2, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“So many memories of times @ Jesse's Fine Meats, riding around in trucks, watching meat processing, flying!
He and Dotty raised some outstanding kids. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sorry I can't be with you.”
- Susan J Kim
Monday, January 2, 2017 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Jesse's passing. I really enjoyed him, he serenaded me one night at Christmas time, beautiful rendition of Silent Night! I never met anyone who could whistle like him! God Blessings to all of you. ”
- Kris "Watts" Meins
Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry for your loss. Jesse was such a Happy guy and loved listening to his whistling. He was such a kind person.”
- Diana Driggs
Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Special thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of loss. Jesse was quite the guy. Always whistling and friendly.”
- Richard and Jeannette Ott
Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I just loved running into him and Fareway and listen to him whistle all the way threw the store. Such a pleasant man. He will be very much missed at the Gardens.”
- Patsy
Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I will miss Jesse so much.He was so dedicated to his Lord and Saviour. Jesse was probably whistling as he met God. ”
- SAndy Specht
Friday, December 30, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Jesse was nothing but good to me. I met him because of his giving heart. I became the first Preschool teacher in the building he donated! He came in and volunteered, prayed over the children and gave them all bibles. Many hours was spent speaking of his first love , the mother of his children. Then he spoke of his kids and I felt I got to know them through this stories. Jesse thank you for being my friend. Thank you for praying with me and for me. You are missed already ”
- Virginia Horvath
Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I'm very sorry for your loss. Jesse was a vibrant man so happy and genuine. I loved to listen to him whistle. ”
- Beth Kinnetz
Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“jesse was quite the guy enjoyed many visits with him. my parents lived at the gardens my dad passed away Nov 22 my mom is still there her room real close to jesse. We had Jesse eat with our family Thanksgiving even asked him to say the prayer,we shared alot oof laughs he will be missed”
- rhonda jensen
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear about Jesse he sure will be missed and will miss his whistling”
- Amy Strahmann
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