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Robert Eugene Esser


Robert Eugene Esser, 78, of Marengo, passed away Monday, July 23, 2018, at his home. Funeral services: 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 27, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy, with Pastor Gary Sears officiating. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Conroy. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be contributed to Essence of Life Hospice or Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy.
Bob is survived by his wife, Karen; four children, Rinda (Scott) Wolfe of Lady Lake, Fla., Todd (Christina) Esser of Marengo, Kelsie (Billy) Ballard of Marengo and Eugene Fresneda (Mary Jo) of Spain; four grandchildren, Lauren Shoup, Brandon Shoup, Taylor Shoup and Sidney Ballard; and three siblings, Virgie Wehr, Marion, Verna (Gordon) Goeldner, Marengo, and Steve (Connie) Esser, Walford.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Lindsey Shoup; and a brother-in-law, Cletus Wehr.
Bob was born July 17, 1940, in Des Moines, the son of Cletus and Mildred Tedrow Esser. He graduated from North English High School in 1959. Bob joined the U.S. Army and served for two years while stationed at Fort Carson, Colo. He married Karen Diane Zuber on Sept. 28, 1963, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Conroy. They made their home in Amana for 19 years, until moving to Marengo in 1985. Bob farmed and also worked at Cherry Burrell for 30 years. He enjoyed woodworking and making furniture and was an Iowa Hawkeyes fan.
Online condolences may be left at www.klosterfuneralhome.com.