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Jessie Lee Brustares

December 3, 1987 - October 22, 2017
From: Spirit Lake, IA | Originally: Spencer, IA
Jessie Lee Brustares

Jessie Lee Brustares

Born: December 3, 1987
Died: October 22, 2017
Age: 29

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Jessie Lee Brustares was born December 3, 1987, in Spencer, IA, and passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017, in Sioux Falls, SD, following a sudden illness. He was 29 years old. 

     He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Peter Brustares, Jr.; his grandmother, Gwen Klatt; his aunt, Rhonda Louderback; and his uncle, Bob Klatt. 

     He is survived by his parents, Jeff and Lisa Klatt, of Graettinger, IA; his brother Jerimiah Klatt, of Graettinger, IA; his grandmother Marilyn Brustares, of Spencer, IA; his grandfather, John Klatt, Sr., of Melvin, IA; his significant other, Brenna "Bee" Keeling, who lived with him in Spirit Lake, IA; his many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and friends too numerous to count.

     Jessie was a dedicated student at Iowa Lakes Community College, where he majored in Broadcasting. He aspired one day to host his own radio show on NPR. In the meantime, he honed his skills by hosting and appearing on several podcasts and writing a blog. Jessie was a talented singer and DJ, and always enjoyed his weekly karaoke job, where many people came to hear his trademark wit and his amazing singing voice.

     In his younger years, he enjoyed playing football, softball, and fishing with his dad. In his 20s, he entered the world of MMA/cage-fighting, where he excelled in the Heavyweight division. He was a life-long New York Jets fan, which was a pretty lonely business in the middle of Iowa. 

    Jessie had a big heart and an even bigger sense of humor. He could be found at different public gatherings holding up his signature "Free Hugs" signs, and made many new friends that way. He was the master of practical jokes and terrible puns. What we remember him for most is his big laugh and his one-of-a-kind smile, which we will miss terribly. He brought joy and laughter to so many, and his family hopes that his memory will continue to do so.

Memorial Services will be 1:30 P.M., Thursday, October 26, at the Warner Funeral Home.
Pastor Chris Lang
Rob Catlin
Chance Putnam
Mike Murphy
Steve Pendleton
Adam Vanderlaan
Cory Williamson
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Soloist - Ryan Hessenius
"I Can Only Imagine"

Hymn - "Country Roads Take Me Home"
Interment will be at a later date


Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 7:59 AM
“My sincere sympathy in the loss of your son. I remeber him so well from his years at Reede Gray and to hear all of his successes at Estherville brings a smile to my heart. I would have loved to have heard some of his humor and heard him sing. Again, my sincere sympathy. I hope you are all doing well.......Mrs Doll

I retired 3 years ago and do try to keep in touch with students.”
- Lamberta Dol
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 7:59 AM
“My sincere sympathy in the loss of your son. I have fond memories of his time at Reede Gray . It was so exciting reading about his accomplishments as a you g man....would have loved to hear him sing and doing his comedy routine. You can be so proud of his accomplishments. Again, my sincre sympathy.”
- Lamberta Doll
Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 10:14 PM
“To the family and friends,
I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one.
We live on a beautiful earth. How long does God want humans to live on the earth?
He told Adam if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and bad he would surely die (Genesis 2:17). So if they hadn't eaten from that tree they would not have grown old and died. We all came from Adam and Eve, so we have inherited imperfection and death (Acts 17:26). Romans 5:12 says: "That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned." Even though Adam and Eve disobeyed God, God has not changed his purpose for the earth and humans living forever on it. After God cleans the earth off of all wicked people, then he will make it possible for humans to live forever on the earth. Please read Psalm 37:9-11 and 29. Through God's kingdom government with Jesus as the king, God's will will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).
Then our dead loved ones will come back to life (Acts 24:15)!
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- BL Qualls
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 11:25 AM
“Bee and the Brustares family and friends of Jessie are in my prayers. Isaiah 25:8, Revelations 21:4”
- M J Jarmon
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 8:38 PM
“Jessie was a fun and friendly young man while I worked with him at Redwod Valley Schools. As I read Jessies obituary, I feel so priviledged and proud to say I knew this young man. The skies truly have gained a bright new star and he will watch over ALL his loved ones. Rest In Peace Jessie!
Thoughts and prayers to all!”
- Pam Panitzke
Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 6:42 PM
“My sincere condolences to those who loved Jessie. I knew him from high school when he was an actor in our Illusion Theatre Teen Troupe (I was the director). We did plays on social issues and presented them to Middle School students across the county. Jessie went out of his comfort zone in doing this-both with the acting and being with a group of kids he didn’t normally hang out with. In reading his obit and other condolences it is obvious he has made a difference in people’s lives and was truly loved. I’m sad his life was cut so short. God Bless.”
- Denise Kerkhoff
Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 10:16 AM
“I am terribly sorry for your loss. May you take comfort in knowing that every single that falls from our eyes does not escape our Heavenly Fathers notice. He is aware of our pain and promises to end all suffering. (Revelation 21:4). Sending all our love to you during this difficult time.”
- Jenna M.
Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 9:40 AM
“Jeff, Lisa, and Jerimiah, you have my deepest sympathy! I am so sorry to hear about Jessie! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to all of you!”
- Jane Brown
Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 9:40 AM
“Jessie was one-in-a-million. I could always count on him for a one-liner, a smile and a larger than life laugh. May this gentle giant rest easy and know that his zest for life lives on in everyone he touched.”
- Jen Johnson
Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 8:05 AM
“Lisa and Family, We Are Sooo Sorry to hear of The loss of Your Son. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with You during this very difficult time. May You find Comfort and Strength in the LOVING Arms of our Heavenly Father.”
- Ruth and Pete Albrant
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 6:06 PM
“Lisa and Jeff sorry to hear about your son my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.”
- Fayette Butler Enger
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8:43 PM
“I'll miss seeing you at our Marvel sessions and popping in unexpectedly during my karaoke shows. I've never met such a great person and probably never will again. You will be missed, Budda. ”
- Patrick Doll
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:29 PM
“Ill never forget him picking me up and carrying me over a puddle at the fair grounds! Rest easy my dear friend! ”
- Cole Norgaard
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 5:06 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Cherish the memories.”
- Bob & Lavon Montgomery
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 5:05 PM
“We loved to listen to Jessie's beautiful voice when he would sing at Crazy Bob's in Hartley!!! Blessing to his family!”
- Liz Norgaard
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 3:44 PM
“I give my deepest condolences to you and your family he was a great man and will be missed by many ”
- Joe applegate
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 3:44 PM
“So very sorry for your loss. Didn't know him well, but didn't take but a time or two to enjoy him well. We had great times at cards against humanity and every time I saw him he'd mentioned it and tried to get me to go. Every meet was a joy. Very special person and will be truly missed. I'm heartbroken. ❤”
- Darlene Fowler
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 3:44 PM
“Lisa we are sorry for you loss he was a great young man. He accomplished a lot in his life you should be proud I know he was proud of you.”
- Tiffany Jones
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 3:44 PM
“Lisa, I am so sorry to hear of Jessie's passing. Please take comfort in your memories. God Bless you all”
- Kay Determan
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 3:44 PM
“Our deepest sympathy to the Klatt family for the loss of your loved one...Rod and Rita, I’m thinking Jessie may have been your nephew, a heartfelt sympathy to your family...may Jesus grant you HIS love giving you strength, comfort and peace thru the days ahead and always... Judy and Clayton ”
- Judy Henrichsen
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 3:44 PM
“I cannot imagine what you all are going through... I'm terribly sorry. Jessie was an amazing guy with a heart as big as his entire body. I knew Jessie for around 10 years and I'm going to miss him, but just know that his life touched and influenced sooo many. RIP brother ”
- Michael Orr
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 3:44 PM
“Jessie was an amazing young man. He brightened up the room wherever he was. He always had a smile on his face and brightened my day. When I would see him on campus or when he came to the financial aid office he always brought a smile to my face with his upbeat attitude. He will be missed. My sympathy goes out to Jessie's family, Bee, friends, and everyone that knew Jessie. ”
- Deb Weston
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8:13 AM
“Lisa and Family,
We were so sorry to hear about Jessie. I only knew him when he was a little boy. So glad we got to see him this summer when Rita was home.
Know you are all in our prayers. Love ❤️Roger and Jackie”
- Jackie Mann
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8:13 AM
“Im so sorry he will be miss I love work with him at BK In Spencer Iowa. ”
- Alex Miller
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