Lige Jessup Jr.

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Lige Edward Jessup Jr. passed away on June 1, 2022, at the age of 82, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL. Lige was born September 26, 1939, in East. St. Louis, Illinois.

His battle with serious medical issues in recent years showed his courage in facing life challenges, and the “Ole Hawk” stayed strong until the end.  Mr. Jessup served in the United States Navy. After serving, he embarked on a lengthy career with Golden Dipt Corporation in Millstadt, IL. Lige loved Cardinal baseball, fishing, and the stock market. Throughout his life, Lige was known for hosting large gatherings filled with family and friends. All who knew him have a story of how he impacted their lives.

Lige was preceded in death by his parents, Lige Sr., and Marie, nee Myler, Jessup; sisters and brothers-in-law, Rita “June” (Jessup) and Melvin Stumpf, Mary Jane (Jessup) and Charlie Smith, Jean (Jessup) and Robert Sweeny, Patricia Jessup; and his “fur babies,” Ruby and Max.

Surviving are his two daughters and sons-in-law and two grandchildren, Jennifer (Jessup) and Trent Anderson and their children, Evan and Quinn of Bloomington, IN., Cindy (Jessup) and Kirk Todd of Ozark, MO; and his beloved companion, Nora Caldwell of Swansea, IL. Lige is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and close friends.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John T. Myler officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


6 Comments on Lige Jessup Jr.

Bro.Tom Ruhmann said : Guest Report Jul 29, 2022 at 10:39 AM

Just found out that Lige passed away. I enjoyed time with him for years at Cardiac Rehab at St Elizabeth Hospital

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kara Cummins said : Guest Report Jun 04, 2022 at 7:18 AM

Cindy and Jennifer so sorry to hear about your dad. Prayers for you both during this time.

  • Rogersville
  • Mo
Rachel Shea said : Guest Report Jun 03, 2022 at 3:30 PM

Jennifer and Cindy, I wish peace and comfort for you during this challenging time. Your dad sounds like a true fighter. Go red birds ♥️

  • Ellettsville
  • IN
Muriel (Wickman) Stoltzman said : Guest Report Jun 03, 2022 at 10:12 AM

So sorry to hear about your dad. We enjoyed his stories and sense of humor. He and your mom always made us feel so welcome on our visits to their home. I know he was proud of his girls.

  • Hugo
  • MN
Steve Wickman said : Guest Report Jun 03, 2022 at 9:16 AM

RIP Uncle Lige. So many great memories growing up, and I truly appreciate your relationship with my dad. Soar, Ole Hawk, soar. ❤️❤️

  • Norfolk
  • VA
John Asbury said : Guest Report Jun 02, 2022 at 2:24 PM

Lige was a fellow student at Assumption High School. Well liked, and happy he could attend breakfasts with us in later years. Condolences to all his family and close friends.

  • St. Louis
  • MO

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