Former bank chairman and co-op manager Marvin Dale Esau, 84, of Walton died Saturday at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton, with burial at Walton Cemetery following the service. Visitation is today from 5 to 9 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Petersen’s Funeral Home.
Esau was born May 21, 1930, to Otto and Emilie Esau in Walton. He graduated from Walton High School in 1948. He married Gladys Woelk on Nov. 6, 1949. He was a member of Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton.
In 1958, he organized local farmers to invest in the Farmers Grain Cooperative where he was general manager until his retirement in 1995. In 1984, he and his son, John, organized local investors to buy the Walton State Bank, where he was chairman of the board from 1984 until his death.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys, and son, Dwaine Esau.
Survivors include: daughters, Donna Woolery of North Newton, Linda Miller of Wichita, and Becky Esau of Newton; a son, John Esau of Walton; brothers, Lawrence Esau and Merlin Esau of Newton, and Glenn Esau of Walton; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial has been established for Walton Fire Department.