John Edward Essary, 89, of Eldon, IA was called home Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the Jefferson County Healthcare Center in Fairfield, IA. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the Cranston Family Funeral Home in Eldon with Pastor Dave Albert officiating. A luncheon will be held at the Living Hope Bible Church in Eldon immediately following the service. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and last until the time of service. As were John's wishes, his body will be cremated. A graveside burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at the Eldon Cemetery. Memorial contributions in John's honor may be directed to the St. Jude Children's Hospital (stjude.org) or to the family. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
John Edward Essary was born April 4, 1928 in Eldon, IA to John and Jessie Adaline "Kirk" Essary. He grew up in the Eldon/Floris area learning the value of hard work. On a stroll down a street in Ottumwa, IA he met Rosie Price. The two fell in love and were married on June 2, 1952 in Ottumwa, IA. Together they became the proud parents of four children: Deborah, Carman, Oswald, and Matthew. John spent most of his life as a farmer and working for FALCO in Fairfield, IA. He was a jack of all trades and wasn't afraid to tackle any project. John enjoyed nature and spent as much time as he could hunting, trapping, and fishing. He had a witty sense of humor and was often caught telling "big fish stories". John was proud of his garden and enjoyed being dealt in on a hand of poker. Above all, he was a family man and loved any opportunity he had to be with them. His memories and stories will be cherish by those who knew him best.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, Rosie Essary (2006); two sons, Oswald "Ozzie" Essary and Matthew Essary; three brothers, Donald, Wayne, and Ronald Essary; three sisters, Rosemary Alexander, Louise Stewert, and Beverly Harris.
Left to share his story are his two daughters, Deb (Al) Bettcher of Hedrick, IA and Carman Essary (Ron Meinders) of Oskaloosa, IA; his grandchildren, Kathi (Jack) Cernic, John (April) Essary and several others; great grandchildren, Ethan Cernic, Lyle and Payton Essary and several others; one brother, Byron "Barney" Essary; Special Cousin/friend, Tom and Theo Essary of Eldon, and his companion of eleven years, his little dog Cricket as well as many extended family and friends.
Published on August 24, 2017