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James Allen Esler
March 10, 1960 - February 11, 2020

James Allen Esler

James Allen Esler
Mar 10, 1960 - Feb 11, 2020

James Allen Esler

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Grace Evangelical Free Church
755 - 73rd Avenue Northeast
Fridley, MN, United States 55432
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Esler, James Allen age 59 of Coon Rapids, MN passed away February 11, 2020. Preceded in death by grandparents. Jim was a research scientist, engineer, and he taught at St. Thomas University. Survived by wife, Linnell; sons, Mark (Morgan), and Ben; parents, John and Rosemary Esler; siblings, Ted (Annette), Kathryn (Leon) Richter, and Brad (Lisa); in-laws, Roger and Bonnie Hansen, Bruce and Lisa Wahoski, and Mitchell; nieces, nephews, and many friends. Memorial Service Monday, February 24, 2020 at 11 AM at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 755 - 73rd Ave NE, Fridley.

Rev. Bryan Buch on Feb 18, 2020

Jim was a true friend. He was always willing to be a brother in the Lord giving of his time and willing to help out in any way he can. Jim impacted my life in many ways. I remember the many times he came over and we spent time talking on family things or I would have him look at a project I was working on that at times seemed impossible. He would say let me just look at it and then he said its going to be an easy fix if you just trust me and do what I tell you.
Jim will be missed. Our prayers are with all loved ones.
Pastor Bryan J. Buch

Jennifer on Feb 17, 2020

For the past 15 years Jim was a mentor to my family. He was generous with his time by volunteering with Camp Blessings. He tolerated my boys running around his house chasing his cat. Todd and I miss your quiet talks and wisdom. God bless!

Jennifer on Feb 17, 2020

Mark H Hannah on Feb 17, 2020

I will forever remember the kindness and quiet mentorship Jim extended to those of us "up-and-comers" on the Spring Lake Park swim team in 1977! His expertise in both the backstroke and breaststroke left us wondering if we'd ever be able to fill those shoes. I will definitely remember one step further in my own life ... Jim was very muscular, and sank like a rock when he let his breath out. I needed to earn college money as a senior lifegaurd, but had to pass that test ... retrieval of a struggling victim. I had very little confidence in myself at 16, but to this day, though he definitely made me struggle when it was my turn to go get him, I still have an underlying feeling he "made sure" I passed that test. I will consider him an incredible mentor during my "formative" years, and am now going to miss him ... tremendously! Thank you so very much Jim. ... rest in peace pal!

Bruce Wahoski on Feb 15, 2020

Jim & Linnell Christmas of 2014

Larry Long on Feb 15, 2020

My dad introduced me to Jim in the early 2000s. My own daughter had recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor and Jim came along side and has walked with me in that experience. It was uncommon to have a conversation and not hear "How are you?". We worked close enough so that we could have lunch periodically. Many a bowl of clam chowder, cheesy biscuits, and miscellaneous entrees were enjoyed together. He introduced me to Qfanatic and the Anchorage, and paintball. Jim had a knack for seeing situations with great clarity and proceeding to do something about it. I was constantly surprised with ideas he could come up with - a machine to fill plastic straws with honey as a treat; a way to create puffed rice cakes. He found his niche in the Maker's community. These were the ideas that came outside his work! He was a gifted engineer and it was amazing to hear the little bit he was allowed to tell me about his work with pacemakers. I will always be grateful for Jim’s friendship.

Larry Long

Wayne Monson on Feb 15, 2020

Jim Esler on top of Temple 4 in the Tikal ruins

Myron Netterlund on Feb 15, 2020

Good memories w/Jim & Linnell

Jeffrey East on Feb 15, 2020

This past Monday, I lost a very good friend in Jim Esler. He impacted my life in a very positive way. We originally met at Emmanuel Christian Center while attending Men's Ministry in 2008 and became friends instantly. He helped me with a car, visited me at Adult & Teen Challenge, and introduced me to many new restaurants. Yes, Jim loved finding out of the mainstream "Treasure" restaurants like Q-Fanatic BBQ. He originated the "Keith Ellison Pork on Pork " sandwich at the Farmers Market so he had a great sense of humor as well! Jim loved figuring out how to make things work as evidenced by turning his home into a production center! He loved to hold city officials accountable for their actions and was really good at it! I am so pleased that Jim was a believer and now has a new and wonderful home! I will miss you Jim Esler and will not forget you! So many memories filled with laughter!!
Your friend,
Jeffrey East

mel baker on Feb 14, 2020

At the farm 2018

Brad on Feb 14, 2020

Yesterday my big brother Jim lost his battle with brain cancer. He survived brain surgery and fought for 2 full years more. Jim was a fighter and always sought justice. At 9 years my senior he was always larger than life. An adventurer at heart he made many Quetico Park canoe voyages, he was a pilot, a sailor, scuba diver, and a motorcyclist. Jim was a star swimmer and had raced his bicycle 100 miles in an Ironman. He had a genius level IQ, 14 federal patents, and he designed pacemakers. Jim was a foodie and we had many great meals together. He could also be a tremendous pain in the ass. I love my brother and he loved me. We told each other as much often. I know it sounds cliche, but make sure you make extra time for those you love. Sooner or later they will exit your life.

Brad on Feb 14, 2020

David Emmons on Feb 13, 2020

To Linnell, Mark, Ben, and Jims parents and siblings and your families. May the Peace of the Lord be with you and you find peace knowing that for Jim to be absent from his body is to be eternally present with the Lord. Our thoughts and prays are with you as you work through the grieving process.
God Bless you all,
Jim's friend,
Dave

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