NEW HAMBURG -- Herbert Anton Essner, 83, passed away Jan. 20, 2004, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born Sept. 16, 1920, at New Hamburg, son of Nicholas A. and Coena M. Welter Essner, he was a lifetime farmer and also retired from Associated Building Center in Cape Girardeau. Herbert supported his country by serving in the Army Air Force as a technical sergeant during World War II.
On May 7, 1946, at Benton, he married Virginia I. Diebold who survives of the home.
In addition to his loving wife, survivors include: five sons and four daughters-in-law, Jim and Hope Essner of Kelso, Mike and Donna Essner of Scott City, Tom and Linda Essner of New Hamburg, Fred Essner of Millersville and Terry and Shelly Essner of Jackson; one daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Larry C. Heuring of Kelso; one brother, Raymond Essner of Kelso; one sister, Sylvia Reinagel of Cape Girardeau; three half sisters, Rosie Horrell of Kelso, Marjorie Snider of Farmington and Cecilia Margrabe of Jackson; one stepbrother, Max Fuller of Benton; one stepsister, Jerine Moore of Luxora, Ark.; and 18 grandchildren, Tamara Glastetter, Todd Essner and Toni Craft; April Wiley, Jason, Aaron and Amy Essner; Suzy Gosche, Eric Heuring and Gina Miller; Marissa, Dana, Kelly and Megan Essner; Krysten Essner; Trent, Tyler and Seth Essner; and four great-grandchildren, Nathan, Justin and Dylan Glastetter; and Kaden Essner.
Two brothers, Melvin and Leon Essner; and one sister, Pat Ressel, preceded him in death.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Benton where a rosary will be at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in New Hamburg with the Rev. Tom Kiefer celebrating.
Burial will be in the St. Lawrence Catholic Cemetery with full military honors by the Missouri Honors Program.