Wonderful man, husband to Peg and Father to Tom and Mary and great friends with so many especially John and Grace Weiss.
William 'Bill' George Esser, 82, of Springfield, died Dec. 11, 2001, at St. John Lutheran Home.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in Springfield with burial in the church cemetery.
Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Friday and 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday at Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. There will be a parish prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
He is survived by daughter, Mary and husband Dave Gross of Springfield; son, Thomas and wife, Michele Esser of Loa Osos, Calif.; five grandchildren, D.J. and Samuel Gross and Elizabeth, Mary and Margaret Esser; sister, Elizabeth (Betty) and husband Leonard Schwamberger of Lake Crystal; sisters-in-law, Alice Hodson of Mankato and Ruth Esser of St. Paul.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Peg in 1997; brothers, Harold and Peter; and sisters, Flora and Blanche.
He was born May 22, 1919, in Mankato, to Peter J. and Mabel (Hanson) Esser. He graduated from Loyola High School in 1937 and attended Smeby Display School In Minneapolis. He served with the U.S. .Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942 to 1945. On July 8, 1946, he married Anna Margaret (Peg) Hodson in Mankato. The couple lived in Minneapolis and Bemidji. In 1958 they purchased interest in Skogmos Department Store in Springfield. The store changed ownership and became known as Esser's Department Store in 1975. He was a member of St Raphael's Catholic Church, was former chairman of the church council, member of the Knights of Columbus, and he received the Bishop's Medal of Service. He was a member of the John Watson American Legion Post for more than 50 years. He was former chairman of the school board. He belonged to Springfield Rotary where he served as past president and received the Paul Harris Rotary Award. He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Springfield Golf Club. He was a member of SCORE for 20 years.
Anna Margaret Hodson Esser
1918–1997 (m. 1946)
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