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ESSIG, John 1900-1982

ESSIG, SAYRE, ERNEST

Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/1/2011 at 21:11:14

End Comes At Eldora Thursday For John Essig

John Essig, who for many years resided on a farm in Melrose township and who was an extensive Grundy county landowner, died at his home in Eldora last Thursday. He had been in failing health during the past two years. His health declined gradually from the time he submitted to a leg amputation two years ago.

Funeral services conducted by the Methodist minister at Eldora were held at Eldora last Saturday. Burial was in the Methodist cemetery in Melrose township.

Mr. Essig was 79 years old. He was born in Ontario, Canada. At the age of 15 he came to Iowa and was employed on farms in Grundy county. Later he was married to Emma Sayer of Melrose township. The couple began housekeeping in Melrose township and continued to live there until about 20 years ago when they moved to Eldora to make their permanent home. Mr. Essig retained his two farms in Melrose township up to the time of his death.

Surviving are the wife, a son John and a daughter, Mrs. Herman Boike, both living in Grundy county. A son, Fred, died a number of years ago. Other relatives are a sister, Mrs. Nelson Snovel, Eldora, and a brother, Jake Essig of Grundy Center.

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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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