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Richard A. Elsesser
(February 8, 1933 - June 20, 2014)

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Richard A. Elsesser

U.S. Veteran

Richard A. Elsesser, 81, of Mendota died June 20, 2014, in Buffalo Grove. Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota, with the Rev. Dale Peterson officiating. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday in Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. Mr. Elsesser was born Feb. 8, 1933, in Mendota to Albert and Henrietta (Bellinghausen) Elsesser. He married Myrna J. Kilmartin on Sept. 11, 1955, in St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota. He was a graduate of Mendota High School, class of 1951. He was employed as a carpenter with Bill Eber Construction and Dick Fassig Construction. With William E. Schmidt, he partnered to form Elsesser & Schmidt Builders and Designers, constructing many Mendota-area homes from 1957 until retirement. He served in the U.S. Army until being honorably discharged due to injury. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota Elks Lodge 1212, Ducks Unlimited and National Rifle Association. He enjoyed the outdoors, most notably hunting, fishing, gardening and training his Labrador Retrievers. He was an accomplished bowler, leading the Mendota Elks League in high series and season scoring average in multiple years. He is survived by two sons, Mark (Barbara) Elsesser of Buffalo Grove and David Elsesser of Omaha, Neb.; one daughter, Susan (Larry) Lawrence of Mendota; five grandchildren, Jay (Liz) Lawrence of Urbandale, Iowa, Kate (Kevin) Clark of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Tess Lawrence of Denver, Colo., and Benjamin and Laura Elsesser of Buffalo Grove; one great-granddaughter, Lucy Clark of Oskaloosa, Iowa; one brother, Albert Elsesser Jr. of Mendota; and one sister, Mary (Fred) Wehmeyer of DeKalb. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2008; and one sister, Ruth Freeman. Memorials may be directed to American Kidney Fund, American Heart Association or St. John’s Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund.


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