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ESSIG, John M. 1900-1982


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/1/2011 at 22:11:14

John Essig of Eldora Dies

Funeral services were held from the United Methodist Church in Eldora on Monday, August 16 for John M. Essig, 82, who died at the Eldora Community Hospital on Thursday.

Rev. Howard Eldrenkamp officiated with Mrs. Marcus Lamoreux as organist and Mrs. Ernest Draper and Mrs. Glenn Paul as flower ladies. Casket bearers were Fred Dinnes, Lloyd Draper, Lee Hogle, Lee Minnich, Roger Peters and Franklin Valde. Serving as honorary casket bearers were Harley Bahr, Donald Bealer, Dean Eggleston, Ralph Gunderson, Wendell Lindaman and Glenn Paul.

Interment was in the Melrose Cemetery in Grundy county with graveside rites by Montague Lodge, No. 117, A. F. & A. M. with Edward E. Jebousek as Worshipful Master. Longenecker Funeral Home of Eldora handled funeral arrangements.

John M. Essig was born in Melrose township of Grundy county on February 25, 1900 to John Frederic and Emma Sayre Essig. He was married to Thresa Ernest on December 22, 1927 in Hoehne, Colorado.

He was a graduate of Eldora High School and farmed in Grundy county for 47 years. He was a houseparent at Quakerdale, the Beloit Home in Ames, the YMCA Boys Home in Johnston for six and one-half years and a railroad station agent in New Mexico for three years. Mr. Essig's residence in Eldora was between 1915 and 1921 and, after an absence, the family returned to Eldora in 1967.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church, former member of the Eldora Kiwanis Club, a member of the Eastern Star Lodge where he was past Patron of Ascension Chapter No. 158, OES, and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Eldora.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Emily; one brother, Frederic Essig; one sister, Alta Boike and a grandson, Kent.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Roberta Ford of Urbana, Ill.; one son, John W. Essig of Webster City; five grandchildren, Nina, Linda, Steven, Jill and Judith; and two great grandchildren, Rebecca and Benjamin.

The family will accept memorials for the United Methodist Church in Eldora.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 19 August 1982, pg 3


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