Wayne Esser, age 64 of 2138 Kimball Avenue, Nekoosa, WI died Saturday, November 3, 2018 at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Memorial Services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Christian Life Fellowship in Port Edwards, WI. Pastor Jeff O’Connor will officiate. Visitation will be held at the Church on Thursday from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. Military rites will be provided by the Nekoosa VFW Post #5960.
Wayne was born September 28, 1954 in Wisconsin Rapids to the late Edwin and Lavina (Mertes) Esser. He married Kathleen Casper on May 17, 1974 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nekoosa. Wayne served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1974 to 1976. He was employed by Domtar in Nekoosa for 41+ years, retiring February 1, 2018.
Wayne enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, enjoyed drinking coffee, joking with everyone and especially spending time with his family and friends. Wayne was very patriotic and enjoyed supporting all branches of law enforcement.
Wayne is survived by his wife Kathleen Esser of Nekoosa, WI, children: Jessica (Rob) Williams of Brancroft, WI, Jeremy (Danae) Esser of Port Edwards, WI, Josh Esser of Nekoosa, WI, Jenny Esser of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Nikki Houghton of Milwaukee, WI, TJ Esser of Nekoosa, WI, Kerry Esser of Nekoosa, WI, 11 grandchildren: Dylan, Kellie, Terri, Kalena, Devon, Elaina, Triston, Terrion, Mason, Ona, Tobias, brother Roger (Beth) Esser of Cottonville, WI, Sister Marge Meddaugh of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, many nieces and nephews, mother-in-law Rita Plowman of Port Edwards, WI, brother-in-law Jeff (Michelle) Casper of Waupun, WI, sister-in-laws: Roxie (Jeff) McDonald of Nekoosa, WI, Sallie Esser of Nekoosa, WI, Joyce Esser of Green Bay, WI and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son Joshua James Esser, brothers: Donald Esser and Terry Esser, sister Joanne Sarver, father-in-laws: Thomas Casper and Darrell Plowman, brother-in-laws: Roger Meddaugh and Roy Sarver.
Memorials may be designated to The Beyond Initiative at Christian Life Fellowship.