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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Earl Kenneth Essen
January 8, 1931 - August 11, 2019

Place of Birth: Rural Powers Lake, ND
Residence: Powers Lake, ND
Age: 88

Earl Kenneth (Bud) Essen was born January 8, 1931 at the Battleview Family Homestead to Olaf and Emogene (Grote) Essen.

Bud graduated from Powers Lake High School in 1949. He worked at Farmers Union for his father.

He met the love of his life Patricia Ann Eklund, daughter of Walter and Evelyn Eklund. Bud and Pat were married on June 10, 1952 and to this union, 3 daughters were born, Sharon, Connie and Monica.

Besides working for Farmers Union, he worked a short time for Kaiser Chemical Company in California. He worked 27 years for Burke County as a Maintainer Operator. He took great pride in keeping his roads in excellent condition, always going above and beyond.

He served numerous years on the Powers Lake Ambulance and Fire Department, Holy Cross Lutheran Church Board and was also a Charter Member, City Counsel and served as Mayor of Powers Lake.

After retirement, Bud and Pat enjoyed spending time with family, fishing, camping and serving as camp ground hosts and woodworking. One of his hobbies that he got so much joy from was running his train set for his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was quite a musician, playing guitar, organ, keyboard and accordion.

Bud is survived by the love of his life Pat; daughters, Sharon (Miles) Albertson, Connie (Rick) Moe, Monica Haskin (Gary Berg); grandchildren, Rachelle, Kaylee (Turk), Michael (Becca), Sara, Shantel, Heidi (Kelly), Robyn, Shane (Jaime), Travis, Cameron (Karissa), Cortney (Jeff), Kyle (Teri), Kashia (Chad) and Kea; 28 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Carol Essen, Dixie Essen, brother-in-law, Lloyd (Kaye) Dockter; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bud is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ernie, Dean, Larry and Myron; sons-in-law, Roger Beaudoin and Daniel Haskin; numerous brothers and sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Cheryl and Bill Simpson (Ray, ND)
Aug 11, 2019
Connie and Rick and families, so sorry for your loss. Hugs, love, and prayers for you all.
Trisha LaDue (Trenton, ND)
Aug 12, 2019
So sad to hear of Bud's passing. He was such a gently soul with a smile that could like up a room. Sending tons of thoughts and prayers to Pat and the entire family! Fly High Bud.. you are now free of pain and suffering!
Janet Cron (Flaxton , ND)
Aug 12, 2019
I so enjoyed meeting Kenny and Pat while working in Powers Lake. I especially enjoyed listening to him play the accordian. Thinking of you, Pat...you were such a fun team.
Diane Isakson (Powers Lake , ND)
Aug 13, 2019
Kenny was a real gentleman, kind and gentle. He is sincerely missed in PL. so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs..
Roy Beard (Grand Forks, ND)
Aug 14, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about Bud. He was a great guy and he will be missed. We are thinks of your family and keeping you in our prayers.
Rod and Linda Tofte (Williston, ND)
Aug 14, 2019
Sorry to hear about the loss of Ken, our prayer are with you.
Donald Holmen (Waunakee, wi)
Aug 14, 2019
Jennie and Pat were chaperons for the class of 1960 trip to the Black Hills. Great kind people.
Memories were made.
Julie & Steve Treib (Williston, ND)
Aug 16, 2019
Prayers of comfort and hope for all the family! Hold tight the memories, love, care that your husband, Daddy, & grampa shared with you! Keep his spirit alive!

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