Harold Walter Esch, age 73, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at his home, rural McCook.
He was born May 8, 1936, to Walter John and Rosine (Brietling) Esch in McCook. He attended Ash Creek Parochial School.
He married Melva June Pollmann on May 4, 1958, at the Christian Union Church in Stratton. After their marriage, they moved to the family farm where they lived their entire life and raised their four children, Kent, Michael, James and Barbara.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Lutheran's Layman's League and served as Elder and Secretary of the Congregation. He also served on the Indianola Fire Board and Tri State Livestock Board.
His hobby was welding, so after he retired from farming in 1999, he started a welding business at his home. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending all their activities.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Rosine Esch; step-mother, Emma (Guenthner) Esch; grandchildren, Andrew Esch and C.J. Esch; one sister, Dorothy Albers; two step-sisters, Berniece Richter and Florence Bazler; and one step-brother, Paul Guenthner.
He is survived by his wife, Melva of McCook; sons, Kent Esch and wife, Lisa of LoneTree, Colo., Michael Esch and wife, Barb of McCook and James Esch and wife, Lori of Georgetown, Texas; daughter, Barb Schummer and husband, Ron of West Lafayette, Ind.; brother, Vern Esch and wife, Sara of Indianola; step-brothers, Luther Guenthner and wife, Mae of Osborn, Idaho, Marvin Guenthner and wife, Gladys of Minot, N.D., and Max Guenthner and wife, Marge of Underwood, N.D.; step-sisters, Evelyn Wiedrich and husband, Melvin of Alhambra, Calif., and Dorothy Bauer and husband, Elmer of Covina, Calif.; step-brother-in-law, Leonard Bazler of Great Falls, Mont.; step-sister-in-law, Esther Guenthner of Missoula, Mont.; mother-in-law, Opal Pollmann Tincher of McCook; and 10 grandchildren, Adam, Anthony, Bradley and Matthew Esch, Jennifer Brown and husband, Josh, Lindsey Esch and fiancÚ, Chad Stewart, Lanay and Micaela Esch and Ryan and Alex Schummer.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct, 3, 2009, 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Ash Creek with the Rev. Kevin Schnakenberg officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery
Visitation will be today until 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook.
Friends may sign his book at the funeral home or send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.