Obituary: Gary Essig

Gary Essig — a Chicagoland native, retired computer programmer, and lover of road trips — died Aug. 2, 2023, in Madison, Wisconsin, at the age of 70.  

Gary Todd Essig was born on March 6, 1953, to Calvaine and Evelyn Mae Danhoff Essig and was raised in Homewood, Illinois with his five siblings. He is survived by daughter Heather Essig (Adam Graf) and grandson Gene Graf-Essig, and siblings Nancy Watland; Donna Laluntas; Gwen Essig; Gail (and Bob) Wendt; and Craig (and Carol) Essig; and four nieces and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Donna Jean Essig. A memorial event will be held at Kurtz Funeral Home, Frankfort Illinois October 7th, 2023 followed by a luncheon for family and friends.

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