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Esau, Henry G. (1895-1962)

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Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1962 Feb 22 p. 8

Birth date: 1895 Aug 28

text of obituary:


Henry G. Esau, our loving husband and father, son of John K. and Maria (Goossen) Esau, was born August 28, 1895 at Clear Springs, Manitoba, Canada, and passed away in the Grace Nursing Home in Livingston, Calif. on Jan. 8, 1962, at the age of 66 years, five months, and 11 days. One daughter, Mary Ann, preceded him in death at the age of three.

In 1907, at the age of 11, he with his parents moved to Hillsboro, Kansas where he grew to manhood. In 1917 during World War I he was drafted into military service. He took a stand as a conscientious objector and while in the army he contracted pneumonia, from which he never completely recovered. It later developed into Parkinson's Disease.

He was united in holy matrimony to Anna Barkman on April 28, 1931 near Hillsboro, Kansas, in the Gnadenau Church. We made our home in Littlefield, Texas for 11 years. We then moved to Hillsboro, Kansas. In 1951 we with our family moved to Winton, Calif., hoping that father's health would improve, but he gradually grew worse.

Father was converted at an early age and later, together with mother and two oldest sons, was baptized into the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite.

We were privileged to share joys and sorrows for 30 years, eight months, and 10 days.

To this union were born four sons and three daughters. Father had a great concern for the spiritual and physical welfare of his children and grandchildren. His loving presence will be greatly missed by family and friends.

On Jan. 8, 1962 he peacefully fell asleep to be with the Lord.

He leaves to mourn, his deeply bereaved wife; Katherine, and Herbert of the home, Clara and Dennis Koehn of Livingston, Donald and Ruby, John and Violet, Raymond and Laura of Winton; one brother and seven sisters, Rev. John J. Esau and Mrs. P. W. Penner of Winton, Mrs. Nathan Schmidt of Rich Hill, Mo., Mrs. Abe Schmidt and Mrs. Lena Smith of Halstead, Kansas, Mrs. Jake Barkman of Newton, Kansas, Mrs. David Giesbrecht and Mrs. E. P. Barkman of Hillsboro, Kansas; three grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. — The Family.

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