Benefit memorial planned for Jessie Brustares

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A benefit for Jessie Brustares will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 at Buck's Pub in Spirit Lake. Family and friends hope the event will be a chance to talk about, laugh about and remember Jessie.

A silent auction will take place to benefit his memorial, which will be placed on his gravesite.

“Please join us in remembering this great man and helping his family,” an invitation to the public goes on to say.

Jessie passed away Sunday, Oct. 22, following a sudden illness. The dedicated Iowa Lakes Community College student was 29 years old. He majored in broadcasting and aspired one day to host his own radio show on NPR. In the meantime, he honed his skills by hosting and appearing on several podcasts and writing a blog.

Jessie was a talented singer and DJ, and always enjoyed his weekly karaoke job, where many people came to hear his trademark wit and his amazing singing voice.

Jessie had a big heart and an even bigger sense of humor. He could be found at different public gatherings holding up his signature "Free Hugs" signs and made many new friends that way. He was the master of practical jokes and terrible puns.

“What we remember him for most is his big laugh and his one-of-a-kind smile, which we will miss terribly,” loved ones went on to say in the announcement. “He brought joy and laughter to so many, and his family hopes that his memory will continue to do so.”

Donations can be given to Rob Catlin at (712) 330-0906 or

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