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Jesse John Soyk

February 9, 1975 ~ April 28, 2018 (age 43)

The world lost a beautiful soul on Saturday, April 28, 2018, when Jesse John Soyk, age 43, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, took his own life.  He was born February 9, 1975 in Gettysburg, South Dakota to David and Sandi Soyk.  

Jesse was a caring and compassionate person who recognized the suffering of individuals he met, which led him to his passion to create the Republic of Geek Twitch channel.  Through this format he was able to share his love of gaming but more importantly, he was able to use it as a platform to share his message of encouragement to take a moment and notice those around us, no matter the differences.

He especially wanted us to know that God gave us one mouth and two ears, so that we could really strive for a simple act of kindness—just listening and allowing someone to be heard. Take the time to say a simple hello and ask each other how they’re doing.  Be willing to stop and ask why someone is crying and really—just listen.  We never know what someone is going through.  Empathy for others can only happen if we take the time to listen.  Take time to interact, empathize, and encourage those around us, and to be present in each others lives. 

Jesse is survived by the most important person to ever come into his life, his son; John "Jack" Crichton Kessler. He is also survived by his parents, David and Sandi Soyk, his brother; Trevor (Laura) Soyk, and their sons; Noah and Anderson, his brother; Nathan Soyk, and his sister; Kaitlin Soyk, all of Colorado Springs.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack and Leota Ryman and Rev. Robert Utecht.

Jesse is now with his loving Savior, Jesus Christ, and is no longer suffering the pain he endured on Earth. His smile, laugh, voice, and encouragement will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. We will carry him in our hearts and minds until we meet again in the arms of our loving Savior, Jesus.

Visitation, 5:00-7:00PM, Thursday, May 3, 2018, The Springs Funeral Services, 3115 East Platte Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80909.

Funeral service, 10:30AM, Friday, May 4, 2018, Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 120 N 31st Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80904. A luncheon will follow at the church.

Graveside service, 2:00 PM, Sunday, May 6, 2018, Warner Township Cemetery, Warner, South Dakota.  The graveside service will be performed by his uncle, Rev. Peter Utecht of Redfield, SD.  He will be laid to rest next to his grandparents, Jack and Leota Ryman.

Memorials can be given in support of his son, Jack Kessler, in care of Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 120 N 31st Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80904.

Funeral services in Colorado have been entrusted to The Springs Funeral Services of Colorado Springs, Colorado ( 

Graveside services in South Dakota have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield, South Dakota ( 




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