|Birth: ||Mar. 28, 1898|
|Death: ||Nov. 20, 1990|
Guy Raymond, First born child of Five living, First born Son of Ferdinand (Fennet) August and Emma Ruth (Lentz) Zessin.
Brother of Agnes Marie Berry, Lelia (Fitzpatrick), Leroy and Gladys Zessin.
Listed on the 1900 United States Federal Census at Shell Creek Township, Madison county, as Nephew at the home of Carl Zessin at age 2 and 1920 at Weeping Water, Cass county, Nebraska as Son at the home of his father at age 21.
*Information from the Booklet "Ferdinand Zessin Family - by Larry Zessin*
Guy had a rough start in life. Sent to live with Uncle Charley at 1 and brought back home at 6 to work on the farm.
He attended school only when he wasn't needed to work on the farm. At the age of 12 he went to work in a slaughterhouse and his dad let him keep 5 cents of his wages each week for spending money.
He eventually moved on to working on a farm near Arnold, Nebraska and met and married Ethel Vanderbeek where she was teaching school. After giving up on a small farm that had been divided by the railroad leaving the house and barn on one side of the tracks and the fields on the other, the plan was to try the land of golden opportunity CALIFORNIA. Picking fruit in southern California and working their way north with the harvests, they ended up in eastern Washington with Guy sacking grain on a combine, getting seasick from the motion of the combine rolling over the hills. Enough of this!! Back to Nebraska to try again. After another tornado they moved back to California to work in a slaughterhouse and go to night school to learn carpentry and build a house in San Bruno.
With the start of WW 2 he went to work in the shipyards at Richmond, building cement boats (floating dry docks). Near the end of the war they moved to a former Japanese strawberry farm near Sacramento; Dad working as a carpenter by day and farming nights and weekends.
After retiring and helping to build houses for Ray and Larry, they moved to Yelm to build a new house for themselves and spend some winters in Arizona.
Mom passed away at home in 1983 and Dad several years later in 1990.
Ferdinand August Zessin (1864 - 1950)
Emma Ruth Lentz Zessin (1873 - 1945)
Ethel Merriam Vanderbeek Zessin (1896 - 1983)*
Guy Raymond Zessin (1898 - 1990)
Agnes Marie Zessin Berry (1900 - 1954)*
Lelia Lena Zessin Fitzpatrick (1903 - 1988)*
Leroy Alvin Zessin (1905 - 1978)*
East Lawn Memorial Park
Plot: Section C, Row 2, Grave 28
Created by: William Peel
Record added: Jan 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83603430