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Leo James Esch

10/16/1938 - 05/05/2024
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Leo James Esch, 85, of Winneconne, died early Sunday morning, May 5, 2024, at Park View Health Center in Oshkosh. He was born October 16, 1938, in Milwaukee to Henry and Alyce (Netik) Esch. Leo graduated from high school in 1956. He joined the Army National Guard and served with the Red Arrow Division during the Berlin Crisis. On December 7, 1963, he married Doris Zarling Brewer, inheriting two sons, Jim and Jerry Brewer, and adding one, John Esch. Leo had worked for J.I. Case in Winneconne, Leach in Oshkosh, Curtis Industries, and Courtney & Plummer. In 1976 he opened Leo’s Service in Winneconne, where he still loved going and bs’ing with people there. Leo loved any day at a race track and watching golf on tv. He belonged to the Red Arrow Club, St. Joe’s Benevolent Society, Tripoli Shrine, Tripoli Antique Auto, Scottish Rite, Winnebagoland Shrine, Mascoutin Shrine, Winneconne Masonic Lodge 186, and the Giles-Luce American Legion Post 364 in Winneconne.

Leo is survived by his wife of 60 years, Doris Esch; sons, James (Deb) Brewer, Jerry (Tammy) Brewer, John (Deb) Esch; grandchildren, Sara (Paul) Abel, Erin Longworth, Josh (Shanna) Brewer, Jamie (Adam) Halder, Jake Brewer, Oren (Sam) Blazberg, Amber Seifert, Conner Seifert, Ashley Seifert, Autumn (Connor) Stam; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna Jovanovich; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding Leo in death were his father, Henry Esch; mother and stepfather, Alyce and William Schulz; and a brother, Charles Esch.  

A visitation for family and friends will be on Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church 210 Pleasant Drive Winneconne. A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the church. A Masonic Service and Military honors will follow. Interment will be on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Rushford Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Leo’s name are being established for the Winneconne Masonic Lodge 186 and the American Legion Post 364-Winneconne.

Mueller Funeral Home-Winneconne is assisting the family. If you wish, please submit online condolences/memories to muellerfh.net.

Jean Sirna wrote on May 11, 2024
My prayers and thoughts are with you Doris and your family,

Ray & Karen Fraleigh wrote on May 11, 2024
Our condolences. Pray your memories will console you and bring you peace.

Nancy Marine wrote on May 10, 2024
To the entire Each/Brewer families you have my sympathy for your loss. I enjoyed my talks in the mornings with Leo at the shop when I was working. He always made me laugh. He will be missed by many.

Jim & Joan Hanneman wrote on May 9, 2024
We are sorry to hear of Leo’s passing. May he rest in peace

Mitch Lux wrote on May 8, 2024
Sorry for your loss. Leo was one of kind. Worked for Leo back in 1978 and remain friends with him and his family. Now go race some cars up in heaven.

Cindy Von Holzen wrote on May 8, 2024
So sorry. Leo was a good friend for many years and he will be forever missed and remembered.

Hank Stewart wrote on May 8, 2024
Rest in Peace my friend. An honor and a pleasure to know you. Friend, mentor, fellow racer, and like a father to me after my dad passed away. We will miss you more than you will ever know.

William Beck wrote on May 7, 2024
My deepest condolences to you and your family John. Your dad will be truly missed sincerely ?? Bill

Ian Livingstone wrote on May 7, 2024
Your family has my sincere condolences

Angel Elmer & Brad Hoger wrote on May 7, 2024
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you

Steve and Jonni Janikowski wrote on May 7, 2024
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Michael Falk wrote on May 7, 2024
My condolences and prayers to you and your family Doris. He was a wonderful person. Rest in peace Leo.

Mary Harper wrote on May 7, 2024
Doris, John, Deb and Autumn you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry I can't make it to the visitation. I will be giving a memorial in Leo's name to the American Legion. Mary

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