Earl Lessig - October 18, 2009Earl A. Lessig, 88, of rural Phillips, died Sunday, Oct.18, 2009 at his home.
Service will be Friday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Island with a family prayer service at 10:45. Rev. Jack Gillam and Vicar Josh Leiseber will officiate. Burial will follow in the Phillips Cemetery with military honors by the Nebraska Army National Honor Guard and the United Veterans Honor Guard.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at All Faiths Funeral Home.
Earl A. Lessig was born July 1, 1921 at Ravenna, the son of Joseph and Minnie (Hauser) Lessig.
He grew up on the family farm north of Grand Island, attending and receiving his education at St. John’s School. He entered the United States Army on Oct. 6, 1942 serving during WWII. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 31, 1945.
He was united in marriage to Jerene A. Luhn on Aug. 30, 1953 in Grand Island. In 1956, the couple moved to their dream home in Phillips, where he enjoyed fishing, hunting and the outdoors. He was employed by Sothman Lumber Company, Spelts-Schultz Lumber Company and Economy Housing, both in sales and as a carpenter. In later years, he enjoyed dealing for and collecting antiques.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He was a Scout Master during his son’s early years and was on the Board of Education in Phillips. Earl enjoyed serving others.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jerene; a son, Dale (Sharon) Lessig of Wichita, Kan.; a daughter, Carol Plunkett of Cave Creek, Ariz. and a sister, Viola Scheffel of Grand Island; a sister-in-law, Mildred Southard of Wood River; a grandson, Isaac Plunkett; special families, Scott, Joannie and Laura Leisinger and Steven and Anita Obermeier.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church. Condolences may be left at www.giallfaiths.com.