Jesse H. Sporhase was born Jan. 4, 1923, at his parent’s home south west of Otoe.
His parents were John and Anna (Ehlers) Sporhase.
He graduated from Otoe High School in May 1942, where he was All State in football.
After graduation, he entered the Navy and was sworn in at the State Fair in Lincoln Sept. 9, 1942.
He served aboard the USS Solace, a hospital ship, in the Pacific Theatre and at Pacco Air Base in Washington.
He was discharged Christmas Eve, 1945, in St. Louis, Mo. He served as a ship fitter.
He married Doris Lorenzen Aug. 27, 1946, in Hiawatha, Kan.
He graduated from Ranken School of Mechanical Trades in St. Louis in February 1948.
He apprenticed at Faye Deines Plumbing and Heating in Lincoln and moved to Syracuse in April 1949, where he started the J.H. Sporhase Plumbing and Heating business.
Jess served on the Syracuse City Council as President and was also the President of the Syracuse Chamber of Commerce.
He was Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 337 and served as the First Commander of the VFW Post 5547 in 1951 and again in 1991.
He served as VFW District 6 Commander and also held electoral VFW Department offices and National and Department appointments.
He was Commander of Legion Post 100, served on the Vets Club Board, & County Veterans Board. He served on the Good Samaritan Board 16 years and was on the original board when it was built.
He served on the Selective Service Board, was President of the Park Hill Cemetery Board and Chairman of the Parade of Flags and Veteran’s Memorial at Park Hill Cemetery.
He was also a member of the Cooties and Masons.
Jesse passed away on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at Community Memorial Hospital in Syracuse.
He is survived by son Bradley and daughter-in-law Beverly; daughter Deanna Sporhase; grandson Jonathan and wife Stephanie; great-grandson, Wesley; one sister-in-law, Norma Sporhase; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, six brothers, and his wife.
Pallbearers will be Jon Sporhase, Merna Irland, David Fannon, John Pabst, Greg Zahn and Ron Zahn.
A funeral was to be Saturday, Feb, 4, 2017, 10:30 a.m. at Luther Memorial Church in Syracuse.
Visitation was to be on Friday Feb. 3, from 9 a.m.  until 9 p.m. with family greeting friends from 5-7 p.m. at Fusselman-Allen-Harvey Funeral Home in Syracuse.  
Burial was to be at Park Hill Cemetery in Syracuse.
Memorials are suggested to the Otoe Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse, NE 402-269-2441.
Condolences to www. fusselmanallenharvey.com