August 10, 1928 – November 11, 2011
Graveside services for William M. “Bill” Essert, 83, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, at the Valley View Cemetery with the Rev. Matt Gordon officiating. Bill died Nov. 11, 2011, at Emerald Court in Scottsbluff, Neb. A memorial has been established to the New Hope Humane Society at P.O. box 1704, Worland, WY 82401. The casket will be closed. Arrangements are under the direction of the Colyer Funeral Home and friends may send condolences to the family at www.colyerfuneralhome.com.
Bill was born Aug. 10, 1928, in Scottsbluff, the son of William and Margaret (Shanstrom) Essert. He grew up and attended school in Yoder, graduating high school there in 1947. He attended the University of Wyoming for one year. He married Mary Louise Harris and they were later divorced. To this union three children were born. Bill was a veteran of military services of which he was very proud. Upon his discharge on Oct. 16, 1956, he returned to Goshen County where he farmed with his brother in the Yoder area for many years. He also drove beet re-haul trucks for Holly Sugar during campaigns. He retired in 2008.
Bill was a lifetime member of the Yoder Fire Department. He loved animals and had a gentle heart for needy people. He loved to tell a joke, especially brain teasers. He loved to sit and talk to anyone about anything. He traveled to Torrington every day for the past 35-plus years to get a newspaper and to have a hamburger and french fries for lunch. His favorite treat was ice cream.
Bill is survived by two sons Brad Essert and his wife Patty of Torrington, and Greg Essert and his wife Holly of Worland; a daughter Kim Cawthra and her husband Joel of Torrington; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother Doug Essert and his wife Betty of Yoder; and a sister Betty Quade and her husband Bob of Torrington. He was preceded in death by his parents.
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