David Lawrence Esser, age 84, of Redfield, South Dakota passed away on December 16, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona. He was born May 20, 1935 in Redfield, South Dakota, the son of Dora and Lawrence Esser.
Dave was a US Marine, serving during the Korean War. He worked for the Mountain Bell Telephone Company for 25 years and then for US West retiring after a combined 32 years where met many lifelong friends.
Dave married Marlene Flohr in Billings, Montana in March of 1957. They had four children; Mike, Linda, Brenda and Theresa. He met Joyce Reinhardt at the Red Rock Supper Club in 1978 where they loved to dance. They were married a year later in Miles City. Dave and Joyce spent six months in Redfield, South Dakota and six months in Green Valley, Arizona where they enjoyed the winters and loved to golf, which became a passion later in life.
Dave loved fishing and watching football. His favorite team was the Minnesota Vikings and he was able to attend several games. He coached junior high basketball at Sacred Heart for many years. He was in the “chain gang” for the Sacred Heart Football games for many years. He followed his kids in in all their activities and was proud of each one. He was a loving and strict father. Celebrating his 80th birthday with a party in Miles City was a highlight for Dave.
Dave is survived by his wife, Joyce Esser of Redfield, SD; his children: Mike (June) Esser of Colstrip, MT; Linda (Darryl) Moore of Miles City, MT; Brenda (Steve) Koski of Tucson, AZ and Theresa Esser of Miles City; a step-son, Mitch Reinhardt and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Dora (Hartford) and Lawrence Esser; brothers Don Esser, Dick Esser; a sister Joann Davidson, an infant son Joseph Esser (October 1962), a granddaughter Nicole Esser and a step-son Mike Reinhardt.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Eastern Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery with full military honors. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.