Jesus "Jesse" Franco, 70, of Oneida passed away on Friday, January 14, 2022, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He was born on July 26, 1951, a son of the late Jose and Alfreda (Danforth) Franco.
Jesse served in the US Army, and was honorably discharged. He began his professional career in Chicago, IL. working as a painter at the hospitals. He began working for the Oneida tribe in 2007 and worked his way up to painter with the Oneida Maintenance Department, and he enjoyed his work. He made lasting friendships here in Oneida; all the guys at work were like family to him. He also created lasting friendships with whomever he came in contact with. That is his amazing, genuine, warm heart that he walked with every day. He was always working on a home improvement project or helping others with their improvements.
On September 6, 2003, he was united in marriage to Maury Wynde, and they moved to Oneida a couple of years after. Although they had no children together, Maury and Jesse raised his grandson, Noah "Bear" Belgarde together. Jesse was more the parent/grandparent. He loved parenting and teaching Noah about cars, house projects and driving. He was a big part of Noah's schooling, and even went to his parent/teacher conference. Every morning he would get up early and watch the old wild west TV shows with his step/daughter "Princess" (he nicknamed her) before he went to work. That was their thing every morning and they watched his favorite show "Yellowstone" together on Sunday night.
When he wasn't tinkering or fixing, he liked to get out fishing. Jesse also liked to visit a good restaurant for a bite to eat and stopping to play the slots. Most importantly, Jesse loved his family and you always felt important when he was with you.
He is survived by his wife, Maury Franco; two daughters: Yvonne Franco and Crystal Stepien; his step-daughter, Marissa Wynde; grandchildren: Noah Belgarde, Amanda Vasquez, Jordan Vasquez, Davy Vasquez, Sebastian and Patryk Stepien; great-grandchildren: Mariah Johnson, Jayden Rodriguez, and Alany, Giselle, and Milani Vasquez.
Jesse is further survived by his siblings: Eugene (Andrea) Franco, Oneida; Helen (John) Arce, Oneida; William (Star) Acevedo, Chicago, IL; and Wilma (Christopher) Chavez, Chicago, IL; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Kenneth and John Franco.
Visitation will take place at Oneida Assembly of God Church on Monday, January 24, 2022, from 9:00 am until the funeral service at 11:00 am with Pastor Lonnie Johnson officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed to Jesse's family at www.muehlboettcher.com