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William Earl Van Essen
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Birth: Dec. 24, 1919
Kenosha
Kenosha County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Dec. 14, 1994
Brainerd
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA

Graduated from Brainerd High School in 1938.

Graduated from Brainerd Junior College in 1940 as a member of its first graduating class.

Enrolled as a chemical engineering student at the University of Minnesota. He joined the Navy after Pearl Harbor and flew anti-submarine patrol in the Atlantic.

After the war he managed Van's Cafe in Brainerd, MN, eventually buying it from his parents. He retired in 1976 and spent the remainder of his years enjoying his cabin on Rice Lake with his wife and children.

He was involved with many civic organizations and was named "Brainerd Citizen of the Year" in 1991.

Bill died 10 days shy of his 75th birthday from complications a month after undergoing cardiac surgery for a dissecting aortal aneurysm.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Clarence Cornelius Van Essen (1891 - 1965)
  Clare Gertrude Weishalla DeRocher Van Essen (1897 - 1979)
 
 Spouse:
  Patricia Ann Maghan Van Essen (1929 - 1994)*
 
 Children:
  Robert William Van Essen (1956 - 1995)*
 
 Sibling:
  Marcella Marie Van Essen Wolsted (1918 - 2014)*
  William Earl Van Essen (1919 - 1994)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Brainerd
Crow Wing County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Block 45 Lot 100 SEC N 1/2
GPS (lat/lon): 46.3716, -94.1869
 
Created by: John Van Essen
Record added: Dec 19, 2009
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William Earl Van Essen
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William Earl Van Essen
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William Earl Van Essen
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