|Omer H. Espe, 88|
|Written by TRF Times|
Roseau - Omer Harold Espe, 88, died on April 30, 2005 at the Sheltering Oaks Manor in Roseau.
Funeral services for Omer will be held on Thursday, May 5, at 4 p.m., at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Roseau. Interment will be held at the Hope Cemetery in Roseau. Visitation will be on Wednesday, May 4 (today), from 5-7 p.m., at the Helgeson Funeral Chapel in Roseau, and one hour prior to services at the church. Devotional service at 7:15 p.m. at the chapel on Wednesday evening.
Omer Harold Espe, the son of Peter and Thilda (Dahlgren) Espe, was born on April 7, 1917 in Malung. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Salem Lutheran Church.
He was educated in Malung and Moorhead elementary schools through the eighth grade. He was employed as a farmhand and rural mail carrier and worked for a short time in Minneapolis. Omer married Myrtle Dahl on April 24, 1938 in rural Ada. They made their home in Roseau County as farmers and lived for many years in Beaver Township before moving to Roseau in 1963.
Besides farming, Omer worked for Polaris Industries. He also drove school bus for Wannaska School while he worked at Polaris. Omer worked as a police officer for the city of Roseau and later as a deputy for Roseau County Sheriff Department. During retirement, he became an EMT with the Roseau Ambulance Service and worked part-time for Helgeson Funeral Chapels.
He was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Malung and later attended Bethel Mission Covenant Church. After moving to Roseau, he became an active member of the Roseau Evangelical Covenant Church.
Omer enjoyed hunting with his sons and grandsons, gardening with his wife, fishing, snowmobiling, throwing horseshoes, woodworking, berry picking and especially spending time with his family. He was an only child and at the time of his death his immediate family numbered 90 individuals.
Omer is survived by his children, Glenn (Marjorie) Espe of Thief River Falls, Marvin (Myrna) Espe of Solon Springs, Wis., Duane (Linda) Espe of Roseau, Evadell (Paul) Tangquist of Thief River Falls, Milo (Judith) Espe of Roseau, Edgar (Charlotte) Espe of Bemidji, Sheldon (Valaria) Espe of Roseau; 22 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Myrtle; and one granddaughter.