Harold J. Esch

Harold J. Esch

June 4, 1941 – July 5, 2020


Survived by wife, Alice; children: Wayne Esch, Denise Powers, and Kim Esch; grandchildren: Michaela, Olivia, Belinda and Joe; and sister, Irene Schmitt (Richard)

Family will receive friends Thursday, July 9th from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Friday, July 10th, 9am, West Center Chapel.  INTERMENT: Omaha National Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the family.



  • Nancy Zajdel Posted July 9, 2020 1:56 am

    Dave and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Aunt Alice, Wayne, Denise, Kim, and families. Uncle Harry was a delight when he came back to Buffalo to visit family. We will always remember his ready smile, hearty laugh, and joyful disposition. God bless you all. Rest in peace, Uncle Harry.

    • Denise Posted July 26, 2020 8:57 am

      Thank you for the kind words. Dad left a great legacy behind. He is loved!

  • Patricia Ferryman Posted July 9, 2020 7:25 am

    Wayne & Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you with love and prayers.
    Love – Trish Ferryman

    • Denise Posted July 26, 2020 9:01 am

      Trish, I will share this with Wayne. He has been literally been running around fixing my air conditioning, my water on my fridge, my parents toilet and chasing wasps. Thank you for the kind words. My dad will be missed.

  • Michael Esch Posted July 9, 2020 6:16 pm

    My heart goes out to all his loved ones. Back in the day when we were younger children in Buffalo, we thought Uncle Harry was cooler than Elvis. My Mom, Shirley, just adored him and my parents often regaled us with stories of all the fun times they spent together and feeding him home-cooked meals (and his mooching all their cigarettes LOL) Sending a virtual hug to you all.

    • Denise Posted July 26, 2020 9:07 am

      Hi Mike! Thank you for the great memories! My dad was awesome and he will be missed.

  • Tony Steinauer Posted July 10, 2020 5:13 am

    Thinking of all of you during this very difficult time Know that he is resting at peace and that his memory will bring you strength in times of need. We are sorry that we can not be with you this week to share in sorrow, memories, and celebration of his life. Harry was a very special man. God Bless thou all.

    • Denise Posted July 26, 2020 9:10 am

      Hi Tony! Thank you for the kind words. He will be missed. Also, thank you for the donation in my dad’s name to the diabetic foundation.

  • Colleen Silverthorn Posted July 10, 2020 6:29 pm

    Love and hugs to Aunt Alice, Kim, Wayne, Denise, Michaela, Olivia, Belinda and Joe. Thank you Uncle Harry for your LOVE, optimism, and all the fun you brought into our lives. Although miles separated us, we remained connected. When visiting one another in Buffalo and Nebraska, Aunt Alice and Uncle Harry, the two of you were so very cute. Your love and commitment for one another for 52 years is so admirable. All your treasured memories will live in your heart forever

  • Colleen Silverthorn Posted July 12, 2020 8:33 am

    I am very blessed to have had you Uncle Harry as my Godfather and you too Aunt Alice. Aunt Irene (My loving Godmother and your sister who loved you so) and you two always gave me so much love and support. Thank you! As your sister and my aunt grieve your loss, we know you are with my God and my Dad and Mom and Aunt Eleanor. I can only imagine the party in heaven right now. Uncle Harry…your kindness extended to everyone you met. As we were traveling from Nebraska to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore, as we stopped for meals, you always asked the cashier-“Do you like working here? When they responded, “Yes”, you asked “Can I get a job here?!! Humor always prevailed! That is because you had so much gratitude in your heart for your life with you Aunt Alice and your family. You all gave your Dad (Granddad) so much love and joy. I also remember my Uncle always saying, “Take it easy.” It was his way of saying everything will be OK. Loved your smile and you Uncle Harry!

  • Colleen Silverthorn Posted July 12, 2020 8:36 am

    What a beautiful service it was. Thank you for streaming it for us-his and your Buffalo family!

    • Denise Posted July 26, 2020 9:13 am

      Hi Colleen! Thank you for the kinds words and great memories of dad. He had a huge heart and he is already being missed. I have been visiting the cemetery and it is truly a beautiful and peaceful place for dad.

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