Jesse Thomas Rivenbark

Jesse Thomas Rivenbark, 77, of Waveland passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at his residence. He was born on July 20, 1941 in Wilmington, North Carolina to the late Jesse Autway and Dorothy (Clander) Rivenbark. On November 23, 1981 he married Melba (McKinley) Rivenbark. She preceded him in death on April 14, 2017.

Upon graduating from high school he joined the United States Navy where he proudly served our country. After returning home he attended trade school for two years to become an electrician.  Jesse helped in the construction of Nucor and then worked there as an electrician and safety officer until retirement. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, making homemade items and gardening.

Jesse is survived by his children; Marcie (Keith) Stalnaker, North Carolina, Jesse Rivenbark, Waveland, and Frank Rivenbark, Putnam County, grandchildren, Jason, Billy, Hannah, Jozlyn, and Frank, great-grandchildren, four, siblings, Ernest (Sue) Rivenbark, North Carolina, Linda (Ray) Williamson, North Carolina and Billy (Catherine) Rivenbark, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Melba.

Funeral service will be 12:00 PM, Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Machledt & Servies Funeral Home, 301 E. Green Street, Waveland, IN with Pastor Brian Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Freedom Cemetery. You are welcome to visit with the family at the funeral home from 10:00 to 12:00 PM prior to the service on Saturday.

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8 thoughts on “Jesse Thomas Rivenbark

  • Tim Quinn

    He was one of the best Friend anyone could ever have.
    Cindy and I offer our deepest condolences to Jesse, Marcie, Frank, and the rest of the family.

  • Courtney Dunigan

    Jesse was such a good man and always a pleasure to talk to and hear his stories. It was a pleasure getting to know him and work with him the past 4 years.

  • Ray

    Jesse was a good man and a fantastic worker who was always there when you needed him. He took a lot of pride in taking care of his family and he is missed. Thank you for all you have given over the years and your family will be in our prayers.

  • Amber Wallace

    Jesse was like family to so many!! So thankful I had the pleasure of knowing him. He was the heart of Nucor, everyone knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Rest in Peace Jesse, you are with Melba now.

  • Faye & John Carpenter

    So very sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose our parents. We have our memories to keep them in our hearts. Love to you all. Praying for peace. We love you.

  • Linda Williamson

    Tommy as I have always called him is my oldest brother. My memories of our childhood are sweet ones. He was always kind and gentle. He often sacrificed his own plans to help me with something I needed. I picture him with a smile on his face. I love him dearly and will forever. Roy has fond memories of working with Tommy many years ago. He always appreciated his friendship. Rest in peace, my sweet brother. Roy and I love you. Linda

  • Joyce Dickerson

    To the family of Thomas Rivenbark: My deepest sympathy for your loss. I have fond memories of Tommy from long ago. He was my nephew and we kind of grew up together. As a young girl I spent many happy hours with my sister Dorothy and her handsome sons Tommy, Ernest, and daughter Linda. His brother Bill was born just after I moved to California, I lost touch with the family and only saw Tommy a time or two all these years. I heard that Tommy was a wonderful father and grandfather, and I hope all will remember him as a loving person.

  • Deborah Sutherland

    Growing up, and before they moved away, Marcie and I were together so much of the time. Uncle Tommy was ALWAYS the same every single time I was around him. Such a sweet and loving man. I have such good memories of him. I can still hear the tone of his voice and see that little quirky smile he always had. He was loved by us all. My dad, Ernest, is Uncle Tommy’s brother, and I know how much he loved him. They didn’t see each other much, but I know they kept in touch by phone. May the sweet childhood memories each of his siblings have, carry them through these difficult days ahead. And Marcie, my dear cousin, we know each other so well. You know my heart, as I know yours. Praying your broken heart will be sheltered as it tries to mend. I love you. Debbie and Jeff