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Jesse Lewis Silbaugh

April 15, 2021 | 16 comments

Jesse Lewis Silbaugh, 85, of La Crosse, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the Onalaska Care Facility.  He was born June 26, 1935 to Henry and Norma Silbaugh in Viroqua.

After High School graduation he owned the Mobil Station in Viroqua, he then worked for Demand Motors, until finally working for Dahl Motors in La Crosse for the next 38 years.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; son, David (Sandy); step-sons, Mike (Tamy) Houlihan; Jon (Cristen) Houlihan; grandchildren, David (Jennifer) Silbaugh, Brandon (Barbera) Silbaugh, Austyn, Nick, Sam, Allyssa, and Alex Houlihan; 5 great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 20th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a celebration of life remembrance service at Noon at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St., Onalaska.

Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.



  1. Jan Ihle

    Sorry to hear about Jess’s passing. It was always a joy to work with him.
    Verlin & Jan Ihle

  2. Bill Fries

    Sad day to hear of Jess passing. We had some great times together working at Dahl Ford in the 1960s and 1970s. My condolences to all of Jess Family.

  3. Deborah J Pierce-Johnson

    Hi Pat! So very sad to hear of Jesse’s death. You gave it your all to meet his care needs; especially over the past year. Take good care. Be gentle on yourself!

  4. Don Brenengen

    I am very sorry to hear of Jesse’s passing. Take comfort

    in all the wonderful memories he has given us.

    My condolences to Jesse’s family.

  5. James Berg

    The Ruby Berg family expresses sympathy to the Jesse Silbaugh family at this difficult time. Jesse was the nephew of my father, Arden Berg.

    My mother, my brother Larry (Diane) Berg, my sister Connie (David) Olson, and myself and wife (Kathy) express our sympathy. We hope that you will receive the Peace plant, and we hope the Lord will keep you.

    James Berg

  6. paul przywojski

    Jess was my mentor and friend at Dahl Ford. He taught me how to be a professional and have fun at the same time. Thanks for the many fond memories. He will be missed.

  7. Ron Ramsett

    Pat you have our deepest sympathy I worked with Jesse for 14 years at Dahl Ford he was No1 he was good friend and always there to lend a helping hand to any of us that needed a help. His passing sadness me.

  8. Jim Ames

    So sorry to hear of Jesse’s passing. He sold my parents, Sam and Mae, many cars over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Dorothy Johnson

    Pat and family – I was so sorry to see that you have lost Jesse. I am thinking of you and sending my sympathy. This certainly has been a difficult year. May God bless. – Dorothy

  10. Michele Hackett

    Pat, so sad to hear of your loss. Remember, your old co-workers on the southside are thinking of you. Sending our sympathy. God bless you and the family.

  11. Marianne Beranek Paulsen

    sorry to hear of Jesse passing Harald enjoyed working with him

  12. Brian and Denise Roesler

    So sorry to hear about Jesse’s death. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Liz Whitehead

    Dear Pat, we just heard today of Jesse’s passing. We are so sorry for your loss and wish we would have known sooner. He was a good man and you took wonderful care of him. Wishing you peace and sending prayers.

  14. Vicki Harter

    Jesse was a great guy. I enjoyed working with him at Dahl Ford back in the day.

  15. Sharon Squires

    This goes back many, many years when I was in my early 20’s but Jessie was one of the most wonderful salesmen to work with at Dahl Motors. I was young and not sure of my footing and he was so very kind and so very understanding. The world, the community and his family was sorely miss him. He made his mark and should be always remembered. He was truly a friend too all!!!

  16. Ken Pickett

    Dear Pat, I’m so very sorry to hear about Jesse’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy. He was a great guy and will be missed by many.


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