Gilbert B. Esarey, 86, Bristow

Gilbert B. Esarey, 86, passed away September 11, 2019, at Memorial Hospital in Jasper.

He was born in Bristow on July 20, 1933, son of the late John William and Eva Albertine (Jones) Esarey. Also preceding him in death were his siblings, Louella King, Allen Esarey and four brothers in infancy.

Surviving is his wife of 66 years, Ruth Esarey, Bristow; their children, Elizabeth “Betty” Esarey (Angie), Russellville, Arkansas, Matthew Esarey (Kim), Bristow, Rita Marsili (Frank), Gatchel, Mark Esarey (Donna), Bristow, John Esarey, Norfolk, Virginia, Joe Esarey, Tell City, Cletus Esarey (Monica), Rockport, and Rosanna Tempel (Phillip), Lincoln City; a foster sister, Nancy Huebschman, Tell City; 36 grandchildren; and 42 great grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Bristow.  Rev. Brian Esarey and Rev. Luke Waugh will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday, September 20, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. CT and Saturday 9 to 11 a.m. CT  at the church. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.  Huber Funeral Home will be assisting the family with the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Catholic Church Cemetery Fund or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

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