Jesse “Teeters” Arteaga, Sr. 82, died Sunday July 7, 2019 at his home in Garden City, Kansas. He was born February 26, 1937 in Holcomb, Kansas the son of Felicisimo and Rosa (Ortiz) Arteaga.
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Jesse attended Holcomb, St Mary Catholic School and Garden City Public Schools. He met Dolores Avila, they married on July 18, 1959 in Garden City, started a family and have lived here since. He retired from the Kansas Department of Transportation in the Maintenance Division on April 15, 1997 after 24 years.
Jesse was an avid KU Basketball, KC Chiefs, and KC Royals fan. In his younger years he played basketball for St. Mary’s, Sabine Jr. High and Garden City High School. He also played youth baseball with Latin American, GI Forum, and American Legion. Other sports included basketball and softball. In his later years, as a local business owner, he sponsored the local Mexican-American softball teams, including his own team The Arteaga’s Homeboys from 1976-1996. He enjoyed car shows and taking his 57 Chevy Pickup for Sunday afternoon drives while listening to music from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Other hobbies included collecting antique glass bottles and watching Jeopardy, many times taking credit for answering correctly. He was a deeply faithful man and was a member of the Word of Life Church. He was known for his kind hearted generosity and was always ready to share his blessings with others. He will be missed by family and friends who fondly knew him as “Teeters”
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children- Jesse (Rosie) Arteaga, Jr of Garden City, Fernando (Shirley) Arteaga of Garden City, Chava Lee (Jean) Arteaga of La Junta, Colorado, Sabrina (Patrick) Herrera of Garden City, Shelley (Carlos) Salas of Garden City, and Andre Arteaga; 23 Grandchildren; 44 Great Grandchildren: 1 Great Great Grandchild & Siblings- Elvira Rangel, Margaret Otero, Cathy Velasquez, Ann Jenkins & John Arteaga.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Grandchild-Jasmine Arteaga; Siblings-Teresa Vasquez & Tony Arteaga.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday July 14, 2019 at Word of Life Church with Pastor Rick Beard officiating. Friends may call from 12:00 pm to 8:00 on Friday July 12, 2019 and 9:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturday July 13, 2019 at Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City. Burial will take place at a later date. The family requests memorials given to the Jesse Arteaga Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City. Condolences may be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements by: Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N 7th Street, Garden City, Kansas.