Walter R. Essig, 78

Funeral services took place July 8 in St. Cloud, for Walter R. Essig, age 78, of Sauk Rapids, who passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Walter was born May 14, 1937, to Russell and Wilma (Manson) Essig in Kandiyohi County.

He honorably served his country in the United States Air Force.

Walter worked for Quast Transfer for most of his life where he was awarded for having traveled 3 million miles without any tickets or accidents.

Walter enjoyed breeding and showing horses. He was most proud of his 1975 world champion quarter horse, Tonto’s Light; and his stud horse, Carver’s Pleasure. He had an incredible eye for detail with his horses, and was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

Walter was also very proud of his English springer spaniels, Murphy and Scarlett O’Hara. He had great affection for animals, especially his newest best buddy, Hershey.

Walter was known as a patient listener, who gave great advice over a Cherry Pepsi. He loved his family and friends dearly.

He is survived by his children, James Essig, Susie (Gary) Casal, Kimberly (Brian) Reynolds, and Jodie (Steve) Reimer; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; siblings Janice Drew of South Carolina, Janet (Wally) Mai of Myrtle Creek, OR, Bill (Clara) Essig of Fargo, ND, Joann (Robert) Holman of Ironton, Gloria (Harvey) Stolp of Hackensack, Barb Horesji of Tampa Bay, FL, and Rita (Brad) Ray of Walker; and other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents; and sons, Dennis and Robert.

The funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 8 at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud, with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m., prior to the services. The Rev. Greg Lieser officiated. Military honors were provided by Sauk Rapids American Legion Post 254. Interment was in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens in Crystal.

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