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Gerald Joseph Essendrup

Gerald Joseph Essendrup

May 17, 1929 - Jan. 16, 2014

WILLMAR - Gerald Joseph Essendrup, 84, of Willmar, died Thursday, January 16, 2014, in Willmar. His Memorial Service will be at 11 am, Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at the Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, in Willmar. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home, in Willmar.

Gerald Joseph Essendrup was born on May 17, 1929 in De Graff, to Raymond and Pearl (Christenson) Essendrup. They later moved to rural Raymond where he grew up. He went to country school until the sixth grade; he then worked on the farm. Gerald lived in Raymond until he moved to Willmar where he raised his four children. He worked as a Carpenter with his brothers for over thirty years. Gerald enjoyed carpentry work, cutting wood, gardening, fishing, playing cards, watching Wheel of Fortune and Gunsmoke, and spending time outdoors; however, his greatest joy was being a dad and grandfather. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Gerald is survived by his children: David (Paula) Essendrup of Atwater, Karen (Keith Dahle) Essendrup of Willmar, Mike (Sherri Bertrand) Essendrup of Willmar, and daughter-in-law Cindy Essendrup of Bulverde, TX; six beloved step-children; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings: Adeline Steffens of Isle, MN, Dorothy (Bob) Fransen of Willmar, Lorraine Bohlson of Willmar, Verna (Richard) Aeikens of Clara City, Bonnie Hanson of Willmar, Ervin (Alice) Essendrup of Willmar, Arlene Beers of Hopkins, Ray (Eileen) Essendrup of Hamel, and Colleen Newland of Hopkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Marlin Essendrup and twin brother Jimmy Essendrup; and his son, Steven Essendrup.