Jesse Charles Bollinger, Jr.
February 2, 1929 – August 1, 2021
Louisville, Kentucky – Jesse Charles Bollinger, Jr., of Fort. Lauderdale, FL and Prospect, KY passed away peacefully in their early sleep on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville, KY. He was 92 years old.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Jesse’s longtime assistant, Jenny Johnson, and his caregiver, April Crick. They took care of him for years and treated him like he was their own father. We would like to thank his other caregivers, Fallon Tinney, Chantel McAte, Justin Richardson and Jenny Devine for all of their loving care and compassion.
Jesse was born on February 2, 1929 in Louisville. He was one of nine children born to Jesse C. Bollinger, Sr. and Clara Thompson Bollinger.
Jesse spent a year at St. Xavier High School and graduated from Louisville Male High School. He attended the University of Kentucky and in 1951 graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce. He then joined the Air Force as a lieutenant, he retired two years later as a captain. Jesse is a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
He is predeceased by a son, Jesse C. Bollinger, III; and siblings, James Bollinger, Violet “Babe” Wright, Dorothy Bauer, Mary Ann Tichenor, Paul Bollinger and Joseph Bollinger.
Jesse is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Suz-Anne Crider Bollinger; children, Jamie Taylor (Frank), Jessica Bollinger (Cathy Wieschhoff), Andy Bollinger (Jamie), five grandchildren, Julie Locke (Joey) & Josh Taylor (Julie), Lucas Bollinger, and Beazie & Owen Bollinger; five great-grandchildren, Jake, Taylor, Ethan, Emma and Lucy Charles. He is also survived by his remaining siblings, Mary Helen Peter (Edward) and Nellie Stahlman and over 30 nieces, nephews and other extended family members, friends and colleagues.
Jesse was first and foremost a family man. Any member of the family could call him at any time if he needed to talk about a problem. Jesse was a good listener on every call. Then he would ask, âWhat do you think? He listened without judgment and was always there to help find a solution. He was there to plant the seeds and give the motivation to help his whole family succeed. He was the uncle and the brother who could help guide. He was the poppy who was proud.
In 1952, Jesse built his first home while stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, and he never looked back. Until his last days, he worked as a real estate developer and builder, building and completing neighborhoods, subdivisions, homes, motels, apartments, shopping malls, warehouses, warehouses and healthcare facilities. for seniors, mainly in Kentucky and Tennessee, but in other states as well.
Neighborhoods and Subdivisions: Thoroughbred Acres, Keeneland, Briarwood, Rolling Hills, Plantation, including Plantation Swim Club, Bonnybrookhaven, The Coves, Green Cove, Brownsboro Woods, Spring Creek, Spring Falls, Spring Station, Plum Creek, Indian Springs, The Overlook , River Glen, The Reserve, River Glades, Hillside Terrace, Fox Run, Artisan Park, Stony Farm and Artisan Park in the Louisville area; Tates Creek, Tates Creek Country Club and Gainesway subdivision in Lexington, KY.
Apartment and Condominium Communities: Bowman Manor Apartments, Cumberland Apartments, Magnolia Apartments, Ski Lodge Apartments, York Towers, Westport Village and The Villa in Louisville, KY; and Creekside North & South, Lamplighter Apartments, Carriage Hill Apartments, Tates Creek Apartments and Springmeadows Townhouses in Lexington, KY.
Malls: Rolling Hills Plaza, Village Square Mall, Tradewinds West Mall, Tradewinds Fern Creek Mall, J-Town Village Mall, and Fairdale Mall in Louisville, KY; Northpark Mall and Tradewinds South Mall in Clarksville, TN; and Tradewinds Oxford Shopping Center in Oxford, MS.
Storage, Warehouses and Industrial Properties: J-Town Village Storage, Riverport Commerce Center and South Park Commerce Center in Louisville, KY.
Elderly care facilities: Pine Tree Villa, The Meadows Personal Care Home, Meadows East, Meadows South in Louisville, KY; Greenmeadows at Mt. Washington, Kentucky; Tates Creek Personal Care Home and Meadowbrook in Lexington, KY; and Springmeadows in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Throughout his career, Jesse has had many business partners and collaborators. He had a magnetic personality and made everyone feel like old friends when they first met. He rarely worked alone and never took credit for success. He was humbly empathetic, a model of compassion and belief in the good of every person, and he met anyone anywhere. Unpretentious, he only put on a suit when he went to talk to the banker. He had the ability to see the best in people and then worked tirelessly to help them make their dreams come true. Many craftsmen – plumbers, electricians, drywall installers, HVAC, etc. were able to start their own business after working on a project for Jesse. He devoted himself to their success thereafter. For Jesse, a deal was only a deal if it was good for both parties.
Of all his many efforts and accomplishments, Jesse was most proud of his work with The Healing Place. He first became involved with The Healing Place before it became the organization as we know it today. He collaborated with Fr. Morgan and built the Morgan Center at 1020 West Market in 1985. The Morgan Center was a state-of-the-art homeless shelter inspired by one of the many elderly care facilities built by Jesse. It was dedicated in 1985 in memory of his parents. In 1992, Jesse remodeled buildings 1017 and 1019 West Market which became the Sobering Up Center for the Morgan Center. Jesse again stepped in to help the Morgan Center by constructing the transitional housing building at 1000 West Market St., now called Brady Center, providing transitional housing for 145 men. Jesse dedicated the Brady Center to the memory of his late son, Jesse III. Jesse’s job wasn’t done. In 2005, Jesse began construction on the new women’s campus at 15th and Hill, providing recuperation facilities to 250 sober-seeking women. For the past 36 years, Jesse and his wife, Suzy, have faithfully supported The Healing Place with their time, talent and treasure. The Healing Place is today a long-term residential social model, a 12-step peer-led recovery program, with several outreach programs serving 1,000 men and women each day at no cost to the client. None of these accomplishments would have been possible without Jesse’s passion, dedication, humility and vision.
The Healing Place is a national model of recovery.
Jesse wasn’t the type to seek the limelight, but he received numerous awards. Distinguished Citizen Louisville 1985; 2000 Men’s High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame; REACH Prize for all the achievements of the March of Dimes 2010; and the 2012 IREM Richard T. Luesing, CPM Memorial Award.
Jesse loved the beauty of God’s work and hiked the waters and skiing in the mountains. He shared beautiful places he found with his friends and family. He was the one who drove the boat and taught you how to water ski. He was on the slopes to tell you which trail to take.
Jesse rests peacefully knowing that his life has made other lives better and that any life he could have touched will touch another and another. All the good continues. He now skis fresh powder with his son Jesse and with all of his deceased friends and family who shared his love of skiing. The first on the mountain.
Visitations will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday August 4, 2021 at Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road, St. Matthews.
Her funeral will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday August 5, 2021 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 501 Cherrywood Road, with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made on Jesse’s behalf at The Healing Place 1020 West Market Street, Louisville, KY 40202.
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