Roland Essig


Roland W. Essig, Bismarck, passed away July 19, 2019 at Edgewood Vista Assisted Living – Dominion, Bismarck.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 23,2019 from 5 to 7 at the Bismarck Funeral Home at Highway 83 North and Calgary Avenue, Bismarck with a prayer service to follow at 7 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 615 Turnpike Avenue, Bismarck with Rev. Lester Wolfgram officiating.  Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Roland was born in rural Lehr, ND on August 20, 1926 to Walter and Ida (Widmer) Essig.  He attended rural grade school and graduated from Lehr High School in 1943.  Upon graduation he worked the family farm until he was drafted into the U.S. Army/Air Force Military serving overseas as a teletype operator in World War II in the South Pacific and Japan.  He was honorably discharged.  In 1960 he became a rural mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, serving the Fredonia, Monango, and Ellendale ND areas until his retirement in 1992. 

Roland married Adeline Fiechtner on October 13, 1950 and together they had three children:  Dennis D. Essig, Cynthia J. Korthaus, and Colleen F. McCabe. 

Roland was an avid camper and fisherman, crossword, jigsaw, and sudoku puzzler, and awesome father, grandfather and great grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Adeline Essig of Bismarck; brother, Clinton Essig, Wishek, ND, sister, Marline (Ulmer) Brintnall, Corvallis, MT; children, Dennis D. Essig, Cloquet, MN, Cynthia J. (Dennis) Korthaus, Gillette, WY, and Colleen F. (Rick) McCabe, Gillette, WY; grandchildren:  Rheanna  M. (Evan) Kust, Thornton, CO, Meghan E. (Josh Wassmann) Korthaus, Gillette, WY, and Alexandra N. (RJ) Thomas, Gillette, WY, Alyssa L. McCabe Bryan, Delores, CO; great-grandchildren:  Fynn C. Wassmann, Emma J. Kust; Kinley J. Thomas, Bennett R. Kust, and Avery M. Thomas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Ida Essig; his sisters Ella (Krueger) Dudgeon and Florence Krause.

In lieu of plants and flowers the family would like memorials to go to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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