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Francis C. "Bud" Esser

July 31, 1923 ~ August 30, 2022 (age 99)
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Francis Carl “Bud” Esser, 99 of Prairie du Chien passed away August 30, 2022, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien. He was born on July 31, 1923, in Glen Haven, WI, the son of Carl and Clara (Wildman) Esser. Bud served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945 as a flight engineer and was stationed in 10 different states. He flew hospital planes in England, Scotland, North Africa, Azores, and South America. After his service, he worked as a mechanic, estimator, and equipment inspector for several U.S. Army depots and defense depots in California. He married Evelyn Weber on November 22, 1947, in Carson City, NV. They were married 58 years until she preceded him in death in 2006. Later, he found another love of his life in Joyce Eilers, whom he spent the rest of his life with. He was always known for telling a good joke and getting a laugh or two. He always had a smile on his face when he would tease someone. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. He is survived by his children Janice (Don) Goebel, Keith (Shawn) Esser, Ken (LuAnne) Esser, Bob (Marlene) Kinser, and Doug Kinser; his brother Henry “Buzz” (Mert) Esser and sisters Ethel (Ray) Lamboley; and also Joyce Eilers and her children Steven Eilers, Teresa Richardson, Michael (Darla) Eilers, Brian (Teresa) Eilers, Patrick (Kathy) Eilers, Sheila Roach, and David (Geri) Eilers whom Bud considered part of his family; 16 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sons Eugene Esser and Garrett Kinser, and his sisters Mary and Joyce.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, September 3, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at the Garrity Funeral Home Chapel, Msgr. Charles Stoetzel officiating, with burial in the Evergreen Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until the time of services. Military Honors will be accorded by the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard. 

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