John A. Tessman Jr.

June 26, 1957 - August 24, 2022

John A Tessman Jr

John A. Tessman, Jr., 65, passed from this life on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at his home surrounded by family.

John was born June 26, 1957 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to the union of John A. Tessman Sr., and Merica Jane (Few) Tessman. John served in the United States Army from 1975-1979. He worked as a diesel mechanic for Freight Liner, Cat, and Yellow Freight. He spent the majority of his career at Cat, retiring in 2020.

John was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and was reserve officer for the City of Galena. He was a member of the Spring Grove Church. His hobbies included his cattle, refurnishing old furniture, shooting guns, riding his motorcycle and was a landlord for 30 years.

John was united in marriage to Terri Earleen (Berry) Tessman on March 28, 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She preceded him in death on Nov. 11, 2019. John is also preceded in death by his parents.

John is survived by two sons, John Tessman of the home and Jason Tessman of Baxter Springs, KS; daughter, Tera Gooden and husband Andy of Miami, OK; two brothers, Mike Tessman and wife Melinda of Baxter Springs, KS, and Anthony Tessman and wife Barbara of Belen, New Mexico; sister, Sherry Flinn of Baxter Springs, KS; six grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Extended family Colby Webb and wife Amanda of Riverton KS.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at Spring Grove Church, Galena, KS. Pastor Jimmy Smith will officiate. Private family burial of cremains will take place at a later date in Pence Cemetery with military honors. Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.