Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sgt. Jeff Alan Esau, US Army Veteran of Desert Storm

Sgt. Jeff Alan Esau, US Army Veteran of Desert Storm

Jeff Esau was born March 17, 1961 in Newton, Kansas and passed away June 1, 2010 at the age of 49.

Jeff began his education in Kansas until 1973 when he moved to McGregor, Texas.  He was a 1979 graduate of McGregor High School.  He continued his education at McLennan Community College where he earned an Associate Degree in Business and Nursing.  He also attended University of Phoenix where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.  His employment included nine years at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Waco as a registered nurse.

Jeff served his country as a reservist in the United States Army.  He was activated for duty in 1984 and again in 1990-1991.  His military decorations include the Kuwait Liberation Medal for his service during Desert Storm.  He achieved the rank of sergeant.

Jeff enjoyed golfing, riding his motorcycle and the soft drink, Dr. Pepper.  He was an avid McGregor Bulldog fan.  He was active in the McGregor community as a member of Victory Chapel Church and as a volunteer for the McGregor EMS, of which he served as vice-president and president.

Funeral services were held on June 5 at Cole Funeral Home Chapel in McGregor.  Present were the Patriot Guard Riders who formed a line of American flags at the entrance of the Chapel to welcome the arriving family and friends.

After the services, the funeral procession was lead by emergency medical aid vehicles and the Patriot Guard Riders to historic McGregor Cemetery for interment with military honors.

At the cemetery the Riders formed a line of flags around the burial site as final prayers were said and military honors rendered.  The Army bugler played taps and the Army honor guard folded the flag that had draped the casket into a tight triangle and presented it to Maria, Jeff’s dedicated and loving wife of 28 years, on behalf of the a grateful country and the United States Army.

Jeff was then laid to rest in the dappled shade of a sycamore tree, deep in the heart of Texas. 

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, a daughter, and son, his father and step-mother, four brothers, two sisters and a host of other dear family and friends.  His many friends include his fellow volunteers of the EMS, who gathered under a nearby shade tree to say good by to their friend.

With thanks to Cole Funeral Home for biographical information.

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