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Dec 15 1953

Henry A Esche, 73, prominent Posey county farmer with a reputation for industry and integrity and a life-long resident of the same neighborhood northeast of Bufkin, died unexpectedly at his home at 4:30 a.m. today.


He and his wife, nee Katie C. Pfeiffer, had quietly observed their 49th wedding anniversary yesterday.


Mr. Esche was believed on the road to recovery after having been injured by a falling tree on Nov. 13.  He suffered a broken leg and head injry.  Two weeks ago he returned to his home from Deaconess Hospital in Evansville to continue recovery.


His unexpected death this morning which was preceded by no evidence of acute illness was attributed to a coronary condition.


The deceased was a devout member and a former Official Board member of St. John's Methodist church at Caborn.


The body is at the Short-Niehaus Funeral  Home in Mt. Vernon and will remain there through a brief service at 1 p.m. Thursday which will precede the removal of the body to St. John's Church at Caborn for the funeral service at 2 p.m. Thursday.  Officiating clergymen will be Rev. Millard Brittingham, St. John's pastor; Rev. E. L. Bates, minister of the South Mt. Vernon Methodist Parish, and Rev. Charles J. Schweitzer, Evansville, a retired Methodist minister who served St. John's Church as pastor for many years.


Surviving in addition to the wife are a son, Vernon C. Esche, R.R. 3, Mt. Vernon, and two grandchildren.  The late Mrs. Louis Pfeiffer was a sister of the deceased.  Mr. Esche's parents were Frederick Esche and Augusta Boberg Esche.


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers