Memorial Service For Jesse Owen Younker
July 14, 2005
(see below for 2nd service in Canada)
Welcome to Friends
The Family Members would like to thank you for coming today and being a part of this memorial service. We are here today to respect, to honor and to remember a special person who touched our lives, Jesse Younker, who we all know as "Jesse". The Family desires that this service be an uplifting one, with the joy of the experiences and memories shared with Jesse and his family. through our tears and our grief today let's give Jesse our hopeful spirit and our focus on these precious thoughts of his life and his influence.
I would like to read from God's Word some comforting thoughts for us to consider today as we go through this service:
From the Old Testament Book of Isaiah, Chapter 41:10
"Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."
From the New Testament in the Gospel of John, Chapters 10 and 14. Please note these comforting words are from Jesus Christ himself:
"Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and recieve you, I will come again, and recieve you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of my hand."
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for the life of Jesse Younker. Your love was shown to us through his touch and his prescence in our lives. Comfort each family member at this time, provide them your loving caress and spirit of peace. Comfort also the friends that are here this afternoon. Father, we ask that you five us your gift of memory to always ahve withing our reach the moments and the good times we had with Jesse. We pray for Jesse's soul and his spirit and that he now be a part of your eternal family. Let us now surround ourselves with your love, your spirit, your hope, your comfort and you grace. In Christ's name we pray. Amen.
History and Family Members
Jesse Owne Younker, beloved son, brother, nephew, grandson and friend was born July 3, 1981, and returned to the Lord, Monday, July 4, 2005. Jesse leaves behind his mother Gail, his step-father Rob, his sister Toni, and numerous relatives in Canada, who will be celebrating his life later in Canada.
Jesse was born and raised in Calgary, Canada and moved to Houston when he was ten. He attended Pflugerville High School. When Jesse was youner, he played baseball and learned Tae Kwon Do. His hobbies included video games, fishing, and tubing. Above all, Jesse's favorite activity was spending time with his family and friends - talking, listening to music, and laughing. I ahve to mention his very best friend, his dog Nikki. Nikki is with us today at this service. Jesse will be remembered as a jokester, fun loving and spirited.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the many friends who have offered their prayers, support and assistance these past few days. The would like to especially thank Michael, Nick and Clint.
Memories of Jesse
Gail, Jesse's mom spoke first and her words can be found in the section titled "From my Mom"
Ted Naylor spoke on behalf of Rob, Jesse's step-father.
I would like to say a few things about Jesse and how I believe he has touched us all. Jesse was just a JOY as these were the initials of his name. Everyone that came into contact with him was affected by his outgonig personality and his sense of humor. He was always joking around and lived life to the fullest. On the table you can see that we have placed 4 roses. Every year Jesse would bring his mom a single rose to her for her birthday. Today we give Jesse one rose from each of his family members for the fond memories he bestowed on us. The fourth rose is a symbol of Jesse himself celibrating his life. I want to share with you the memories that stand out most in my mind of Jesse. Jesse cherished the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. During those times we would have a big feast. He loved his mom's cooking, which she is exellent cook I may add, and would eat and eat until he was completely stuffed, just leaving enough room for desert. Jesse never disappeared after dinner, he was always there to help clean up after and get things ready for the next event which was one of his other favorite things to do during these family functions. Jesse loved to play board games. After these dinners he would want to play some kind of game and his favorite game was Monopoly. Jesse was a master at this game and in all the times I have seen him play, I have only seen him loose just once. I am sure when we continue to do these family functions, Jesse will be there in spirit watching over us and playing along with us.
I know Jesse will watch over us all and try to keep us safe as he tried in real life. Jesse was a fine young man and we will all miss him very much.Words spoken by his sister were adlibbed. The words were given to her by Jesse in the moment and unfortunately, she can't remember what she said. Thoughts from her are in the section entitled "From my Sister".
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