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“you have my deep Sympathy my parents live a cross the street for Sadie Essmann my dad talk about Lloyd he was a great person I had work at Etta Dell...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Janet (Hill) Seabern

“You and your family have our sympathy. Your Dad was such an amazing man and served the Lord in so many ways! But I still remember him most from...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Jim & Sue (Suzie Kuhl) Renz

“Ruth and family, Our sincere sympathy to all of you. Just want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We have many fond memories of...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: Melvin and Bonnie Martin

“Ruth and family, May God continue to bless you with his grace at this difficult time. It is a honor and pleasure to be working at a Christian...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Cory Isakson

“Dear Ruth and Family - Some of the most memorable times in our lives were those many occasions we spent with you and Herald traveling to various...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Pastor Ron Freier - St. Joseph, MI

“Dear Ruth, Reaching out from FL to express my condolences for your loss. Praise to the Lord for the many souls that have been brought to faith thru...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Rhoda B. Grebe

“Pastor is meant by needing work for Pakistan which is growing day-by-day will always be remembered. He was the first missionary to Pakistan....Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Dr. JORDAN PATRICK

“What an inspiration and encouragement he was to us who have not yet finished our race He helped us on our way for all the years that we served in...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Ralph Martens - Rochester, MN

“Ruth, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. I was blessed to have been confirmed and married by Pastor Essmann in Waterloo, and then later I...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Pam Holzhueter Cairney

“Pastor Eastman was loved and respected by many people who were served in his ministry of the Lord. We are among those people. We look forward to...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Jim and Tamar Pardee

“It was a distinct pleasure and blessing to know this humble servant of ou dear Loed Jesus. Sharing with him experience in Albania brought many happy...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Pastor John P. Brandt

“My mom and zi were just talking about Pastor yrsterday. He had confirmed me and all my brothers and sisters, married 3 of my brothers and 1 sister...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Sharon Kassube

“My sympathy and love to your family ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: Paulette Thomaqs

“My sympathy to the family on the death of Pastor Essmann. He confirmed me in Waterloo back in the late 1960s. I have tremendous respect for his...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Paul Holzhueter

“Am remembering that he also was able to visit the Holy Land in 1985. (And now an eternal home in the New Jerusalem.) Love & prayers to the family. ”
15 of 23 | Posted by: Arline Hildebrandt

“What a blessing to have known Pastor Essmann when he served St. John's Waterloo, was involved in LWMS and many missions, and when he and Ruth were...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Norma Gourlie

“Ruth and family - Special man, I was confirmed by him married by him and after his retirement went to church at Peace with him. My deepest sympathy...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Linda Gasner Alberts

“We are so sorry to hear of Pastor's passing, but so joyful for him as he wears his crown of life, with so many he served and witnessed to. ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Trudy and Bob Fischer

“Sorry to hear, our Sympathies to the Family. We met Pastor in Waterloo in 1983. Have many good memories of him and the Church Family. ”
19 of 23 | Posted by: Rick and Ann Wagner

“God's special servant to lost souls around the globe! We are especially grateful for his foresight and dedication to the Lutheran Women's Missionary...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Karen Fischer, LWMS

“We rejoice with our co-worker with the eternal victory that Christ won for him. We give thanks for serving with him in the Lord's Kingdom work in...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Beth and Charles Flunker

“I know we are not meant to stay on this Earth but this man was an amazing example of living your faith and we are a much better people for it. May...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Keri

“Sending love and prayers to all of the family. Well done thou good and faithful servant. ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Julie Laehn


Blessed by God, Rev. Harold Alvin Essmann departed this life for his eternal home in heaven on October 10, 2016. Harold was born September 20, 1930, in St. Charles, Minnesota, the oldest son of Alvin Paul Essmann and his wife Sadie Johanna (Rusert) Essmann. He received Holy Baptism in St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, Lewiston, Minnesota, on October 12, 1930. He was confirmed in the same church on April 3, 1943. Pastor Essmann attended St. John Ev. Lutheran School for his elementary education and graduated from Lewiston High School in l948. For two years he attended Winona State University before attending Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield, Illinois, where he graduated on June 1, 1956. On June 9, 1956, he was united in holy wedlock with Ruth Rose Lawrenz at St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran Church in Winona, Minnesota. He had previously taught for St. Matthew's congregation in St. Martin's Ev. Lutheran School in Winona, and later served his vicarship at St. Matthew's with Pastor A. L. Mennicke. Following his seminary graduation he was ordained by Pastor Rudolph Korn who had baptized, confirmed, and married him. His first call into the ministry was to serve as missionary in what was then Northern Rhodesia, Africa, but today is known as Zambia. He served briefly in Lusaka and then on the mission station at Mwembezi. Following his service in Zambia he was called to serve St. Michael's Ev. Lutheran Church in Fountain City, Wisconsin, and also be administrator of St. Michael's Lutheran Home. He also served vacancies two times at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Goodview, Minnesota, and then also at the tri-parish of Buffalo City, Cochrane and Cream, Wisconsin. The last parish he served for 25 years was St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Wisconsin. During service at St. John congregation he served as vacancy pastor at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church in Marshall, Wisconsin, and later as vacancy pastor at Our Redeemer Ev. Lutheran Church in Madison, Wisconsin. During his ministry he helped supervise a number of building programs including a new parsonage in Fountain City as well as an addition to St. Michael's Lutheran Home for the Aging of which he was administrator. At St. John congregation in Waterloo a large addition to the Lutheran school was undertaken in 1976 and a new church building in 1983. Pastor Essmann's ministry was filled with many firsts. He was a founder and the first pastoral advisor of the National Lutheran Women's Missionary Society of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod. He was appointed the first chairman of the Executive Committee for Latin America, a position he held for 24 years and later was appointed to the Committee for Mission Expansion of the Board for World Missions where he served for 12 years. He founded the Multi-Language Publications program of the Board for World Missions of the synod in 1996 and served as its first coordinator and later as a member of the Multi-Language Publications Committee. After serving on the Committee for Mission Expansion, he was asked to serve as the first Coordinator for mission outreach in Pakistan and Nepal and later as the Coordinator for literature in these same two countries. Various publications were authored by Pastor Essmann. He wrote a book entitled, THEY LIVED ON ANOTHER PLANET, explaining the mission exploration of Russia, Bulgaria, and Albania that resulted in mission activities in those countries. Working with Multi-Language Publications he wrote two books to improve English entitled THE LIFE OF CHRIST ACCORDING TO THE GOSPEL OF MARK as well as a booklet WHAT THE BIBLE AND LUTHERANS TEACH that is translated into 20 languages with over 250, 000 copies printed and THE PROMISE, a booklet used extensively around the world as an evangelism tool. THE PROMISE is translated into 44 languages and over 600, 000 printed. Over the years a number of meditations were written by Pastor Essmann and published in Northwestern Publishing House's booklet MEDITATIONS. Guided self-study books used in the Bible Teaching Series in a number of languages were written by Pastor Essmann and include: THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, THE LETTER TO THE ROMANS, THE MEANS OF GRACE, THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH and PARABLES OF JESUS as well as I AM BLESSED THROUGH GOD'S WORD. These activities are not listed pridefully, but in thanks to God for the gifts and opportunities provided by a gracious God and carried out in response to the love of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Ruth, to whom he has been married for 60 years; and two children: Rhoda (Rev. Dennis) Belter and Michele (Reg) Pfeifer, both of Appleton. Seven grandchildren also survive, Rev. Jeremy (Kelsey) Belter of Plano, Texas; Nicole (Jared) Dorn of Appleton; Zachary Belter of Rochester, Minnesota; Amy (William) Pavlakos of Sterling Heights, Michigan; Jillian (Keith) Huot of Macomb, Michigan; Kirsten (Joshua) Schwartz of Antigo, Wisconsin; and Emily Pfeifer (special friend Ben Zehner) of Appleton. He is survived by four great-grandchildren, one great grandchild on the way, and three step-great grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews. Also surviving is one brother: Lloyd Essmann of Madison, Wisconsin, two sisters-in-law, and one brother-in-law. He has been preceded in death by his parents; a son, David Harold Essmann; one brother, Wayne Essmann; and a sister, Phyllis Kaump. The Christian funeral will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Riverview Ev. Lutheran Church, 136 West Seymour Street in Appleton, Wisconsin. Rev. Dennis Belter and Rev. Adam Bode will be officiating. Pastor Essmann's mortal remains will await the resurrection of all people at Highland Memorial Park. Visitation will take place at the church on Friday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM and also on Saturday from 9:00 AM until the service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the WELS Multi-Language Publications, or WELS World Missions to facilitate the building of churches in Nepal and Pakistan. "After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and

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