James “Jim” R. Esser, age 83 of Mankato and formerly of St. James

James “Jim” R. Esser, age 83 of Mankato and formerly of St. James, passed away January 3, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato after a brief illness.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 632 South Broad St, Mankato. Visitation is from 9-11 a.m. at the Church. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Whittemore, Iowa at a later date. The family prefers memorials be given to St. John’s Building Fund. Northview ~ North Mankato Mortuary is assisting the family.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Helen Esser; wife, Ruth (Elbert) Esser; granddaughter, Chelsea Blomgren; and Daughter-in-law, Michelle (Giatris) Esser. Jim is survived by his wife, Audrey Goodrich Esser; children, Diane (Brad) Feltz, James “Jay” Esser, and Deborah (Chad) Blomgren. He has 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.