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Walter K. Essig
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Birth: Oct. 31, 1907
Lincoln Valley
Sheridan County
North Dakota, USA
Death: Nov. 8, 2009
Burleigh County
North Dakota, USA

Walter K. Essig, 102, Bismarck, died November 8, 2009, peacefully at home.

Services will be on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Bismarck with Rev. Wes Aardahl officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Bismarck.

Visitation will be Friday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Eastgate Funeral Service and continue on Saturday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

Walter was born October 31, 1907, to Christian and Wilhelmine "Minnie" (Siegele) Essig on the family homestead in Schiller Township, near Lincoln Valley of Sheridan County, ND. His family moved to McClusky, ND, when he was six. After high school, he worked for three years at the First State Bank of Denhoff and then four years as Sheridan County deputy auditor.

He married Alice Riedlinger on June 24, 1931. In 1934, they took over the operation of the Essig homestead near Lincoln Valley until they retired and moved to Bismarck in 1974.

He served on several committees including the AAA farm program, and also was a long-time member of the Sheridan County Welfare Board. He was recognized for following good farming and soil conservation practices. He was active in St. Andrews Lutheran Church and its Parish. In Bismarck he became a member of Faith Lutheran Church and was active in its Friendship Circle. He was a member of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society and also of the local chapter of AARP. He had a lifelong interest in history and was dedicated to discovery and preservation of early history of North Dakota. He had a hobby of hand book binding and book repair.

Walter is survived by his daughters, Kathleen Bennett, Concord, CA, and Margaret Pretzer, Bismarck; his sons, James (Judy), Fargo, and Robert (Rita), Scottsboro, AL; his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; his brother, Hugo (Frances), McClusky; and his brother-in-law, Ted (Ruth) Riedlinger, Everett, WA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice; three brothers; one grandson; and one son-in-law.

Family links: 
  Christian Essig (1874 - 1949)
  Wilhelmina Siegle Essig (1877 - 1961)
  Alice Riedlinger Essig (1911 - 1997)*
*Calculated relationship
Sunset Memorial Gardens
Burleigh County
North Dakota, USA
Created by: Douglas Kirk Sorensen
Record added: Nov 18, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44503584
Walter K. Essig
Added by: Cori Hoag
Walter K. Essig
Added by: Douglas Kirk Sorensen
Walter K. Essig
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- Cori Hoag
 Added: Nov. 13, 2010
In your honor Walter.
- In memory of Vivian Zetter of Sheyenne, ND.
 Added: Nov. 18, 2009

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