Joseph Fred "Joe" Esala, of Pittsburg, passed away Saturday morning, January 6 in Pittsburg at the age of 70. Joe was born March 25, 1947 in Cloquet, Minnesota to Fred and Stella Esala. Joe was a veteran of the the United States Navy, having served during the Vietnam War. After his military service Joe began working in the steel industry. He would go on to enjoy a 30 year career with Lone Star Steel.
Joe is survived by his loving wife Virginia Joann Esala; his son: Gerold Esala of Wisconsin; three step-daughters: Cheryl Lynn Wilson of Mena, Arkansas, Tracy Ann Coplin of Forney, Texas, and Dawn Holmes of Plano, Texas; as well as five grandchildren: Alex Bruno, Deanna Roberson, Jessica DeTiberis, Shauntel Patin, and Logan Coplin; two great-grandchildren: Isaiah Bruno and Katie Roberson; and his very close friends: AJ "Jack" Lewis, Linda Lewis, and Ricky Duke.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Fred and Stella Esala.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Erman Smith Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Kessler officiating. Cremation will follow. Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 9, at the funeral home.