Jesse Ellsworth 'Bud' Ready, 88, died at 12:37 p.m., Monday, August 12, 2019 at Jersey Community Hospital.
He was born on July 18, 1931, In Walnut Grove, Arkansas, part of a large family born to the late Edgar Richard and Bessie (Cooper) Ready.
He married the former Dorothy Mae Blasa on October 2, 1954, at the Bethel Methodist Church in Dow and together their marriage was blessed with two children and 59 years together prior to her death on June 2, 2013.
Jess worked hard to provide the best life possible for his family, working as a Shearman for Laclede Steel for 37 years, prior to his retirement.
He enjoyed the study and history of Indian artifacts, collecting and hunting arrowheads, and was proud to have been given the opportunity for an author, Julie Morrow, to write a book about his extensive collection.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Beverly Ready of Jerseyville; a granddaughter, Jessica and Andrew Purcell of Bridgeton, MO; three grandsons, Brett LeMarr, and his companion, Amber, of Jerseyville; Blake and Lisa LeMarr of Elsah and Brandan and Melissa LeMarr of Jerseyville; seven great-grandchildren, Dawson, Aliyah, Wyatt, Jackson, Addelyn, Liam and Gary; a brother and sister-in-law, Oliver and Janet Ready; a sister and brother-in-law, Wanda and Paul Watson; a sister-in-law, Mary Ready, all of Grafton; dear friend and caregiver, Sheila Dawdy of Jerseyville; and his four-legged buddy, Hokey.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Marcia K. Ready on August 7, 2014; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Raymond Eugene 'Gene' Ready and Richard and Mary Carol Ready; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Delores and Doss Robertson; JoEllen 'Jody' and William Lucas; and Azzie 'Boots' Seib.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 12:30 p.m., Friday, at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.
Burial will follow at the Meadowbranch Cemetery in Grafton.
In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials may be given to BJC Hospice of Greene County or to the Kid's Shouldn't Have Cancer Foundation.