BLOOMINGTON — Dwight M. Esarey, 84, Fairfield, father of a Bloomington resident, died at 4:14 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 15, 2014) at Deaconess Hospice Care Center, Evansville, Ind.
Dwight was born March 25, 1929, in rural Keensburg, son of Eugene and Carrie Gibson Esarey.
He graduated from Mount Carmel High School and from University of Illinois with a bachelor of science in agriculture. Dwight was a member of the Kirk Chapel United Methodist Church, rural Robinson, for more than 50 years. For 36 years he was a district conservationist for Crawford, Jasper, Lawrence and Wayne counties. Dwight was awarded the Wayne County Friend of 4-H award and was elected to the Illinois 4-H Hall of Fame in 2012. Throughout his life, he was known to help anyone in need, anywhere and at any time possible.
Dwight coached girls youth softball for many years in Oblong and Fairfield and was a “No. 1 Fan” of multiple youth sports. He was also an enthusiastic musician and bluegrass fan, attending many festivals throughout the region, befriending all he came in contact with.
One of his favorite things to do was hand delivering his homemade jelly and raisin spice cake to various offices and friends. Woodworking was also something he enjoyed, handcrafting swings, toy boxes and many other items that now reside in households locally and throughout the U.S.
Dwight is survived by sons, Rick (Karen) Esarey, Palestine, and Mark (Debby) Esarey, Charleston; daughters, Pamela (Terry) Sparling, Bloomington, and Corby Esarey, Lecanto, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, Victor, Savannah and Brock Esarey; Josh Houdasheldt; Mandy Houdasheldt-Enriquez; Zach Sparling; Jack Fouts; Ashley Neer; Celeste Baud; Laura Harris; Brandy Selby; and Jamie Breuer; eight great-grandchildren; and brothers, Kermit (Lee) Esarey, Arlington, Texas, and Clark (Carol) Esarey, Springfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James (Emily) Esarey, White Hall; and a daughter, Tina Esarey.
The funeral for Dwight will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home, Fairfield, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Cemetery, Mount Carmel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kirk Chapel United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.