Joseph “Joe” Esala

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PITTSBURG -- Joseph Fred “Joe” Esala, of Pittsburg, passed away Saturday morning, Jan. 6 in Pittsburg at the age of 70. Joe was born March 25, 1947 in Cloquet, Minnesota to Fred and Stella Esala. Joe was a veteran of the the United States Navy, having served during the Vietnam War. After his military service Joe began working in the steel industry. He would go on to enjoy a 30 year career with Lone Star Steel. Joe is survived by his loving wife Virginia Joann Esala; his son: Gerold Esala of Wisconsin; three step-daughters: Cheryl Lynn Wilson of Mena, Ark, Tracy Ann Coplin of Forney, and Dawn Holmes of Plano; as well as five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his very close friends: AJ “Jack” Lewis, Linda Lewis, and Ricky Duke. He was preceded in death by his parents: Fred and Stella Esala. Funeral services were held Jan. 10, at Erman Smith Funeral Home in Pittsburg with Bro. Mike Kessler officiating, with a cremation to follow.

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