Leon Kay Essig Sr., 85, of Arcadia passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 surrounded by his family.
He was born on Aug. 10, 1935 to Garland F. Essig and Thelma M. (Carson) Essig.
He graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1953. Mr. Essig worked 29.5 years at Dana Corp. in Tipton serving 26 years as President of the Steelworkers Local Union 2754. When a plant closing occurred in 1982 he became a full time farmer working over 400 acres. He enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He had coached pee wee league and little league for his son and he was the assistant coach for his daughter’s softball teams. He enjoyed bowling, camping, cards, and sports. He was an avid Cubs fan. Mr. Essig married Linda (McGinnis) Essig on Feb. 10, 1966.
Survivors include his wife, Linda (McGinnis) Essig; brother, Allen Essig of Indianapolis; sister, Marietta Love of Virginia; son, Leon (Melissa) Essig Jr. of Indianapolis; daughters, Cynthia Essig of Noblesville, Lynetta Essig of Arcadia, Leronda (Scott) Curry of Noblesville and Linda (Ryan) Band of Arcadia; grandsons, Alex (Jessi) Essig, David Campbell and Russell Band; granddaughters, Brandi Oddo, Brieanna (Jake) Cook, Elizabeth Essig and Elaina Essig; great-grandsons, Cameron Oddo, Landon Oddo, Dayton Cook, Davian Cook and Wrigley Cook; great-granddaughter, Raylynn Essig; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Don Essig; daughter, Janet; and granddaughter, Ashely Essig.
Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.