There will be a service at 10
a.m. Thursday at the Firefighters Lake Club.
Officiating will be the Rev. Mark Carnahan, Chaplain
Jonathan Grubbs of Springfield Fire Department and
the chaplain of the 183rd Fighter Wing.
Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery,
Arrangements are by Fricke-Calvert-Schrader
Funeral Home in Lincoln.
Mr. Lessen was a firefighter for the city of
Springfield, Engine 11, Station 11; a firefighter
and technical sergeant with the 183rd Fighter Wing
in Springfield; and a referee with the Capital Area
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
He was born Sept. 8, 1972, in Lincoln to Marvin
E. and Andra Kay Spaits Lessen. He married Kristin
"Kristi" Simpson on March 9, 2002, in Lincoln.
He is survived by his wife; of Sherman; his
parents, of Lincoln; one sister, Teresa "Teri" (and
Earle) Cagle off Edinburg; one brother, Jeffery (and
Jackie) Lessen of Lincoln; two nieces, Jillian Cagle
of Edinburg and Sheradan Foster of Rochester; and
three nephews, Jeremy Cagle of Edinburg and Jonathan
and Joseph Lessen of Lincoln.
He was preceded in death by his maternal and
paternal grandparents; one brother, Timothy Joe; an
aunt; and an uncle
He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
of Sherman, Logan County Farm Bureau and a Harley
He graduated from Lincoln Community High School
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on July 18,
1990, and was a firefighter with the Air Force. On
June 1, 1995, he became a firefighter with the 183rd
fighter Wing at Capitol Airport in Springfield,
where he was still an active member. On Aug. 1,
1997, he became a firefighter for the city of
Lincoln. On May 5, 2003, he joined the firefighters
for the city of Springfield Local 37 and
International Association of Firefighters. He was an
EMT paramedic for the Springfield and Lincoln fire
departments and a volunteer with Lincoln Rural Fire
On Dec. 2, 1999, he became a basketball referee
with the Capital Area Officials Association.
Memorials may be made to the Jake Lessen Memorial
Firefighter Scholarship Fund.
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