Lawrence “Larry” J. Essig, of Rochester, died peacefully, surrounded by family on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. Larry was born on February 17,1953, in Melrose Park, IL, the son of Norbert Essig and Marie Essig Mally. He married Anne Schneider on October 22, 1983, in Normal, IL and is survived by his wife, children: Chris (Lalaina Rabary) Essig and Katelynn Essig of Austin, Texas; brother, Tom (Gay Lynn) Essig of Olympia Fields; sister, Sue (Rick) Hojnicki of Western Springs; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Dave Bruni of Chicago Heights, Jean Essig of San Antonio, TX, Teri Wagener Essig of Ormond Beach, FL; Jim (Connie) Schneider, Jerry (Carol) Schneider all of Morrisonville, Mary Schneider, aunt Kathy Epley all of Pana and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Kathi Bruni and brothers, Norbert and David Essig.
Larry was a graduate of Marian Catholic High School, IL State University and Chicago Kent College of Law. A devoted public servant, he was an attorney for the State Appellate Defender’s Office for over 20 years. While working there, he defended people appealing their criminal cases who couldn’t afford legal representation. He shared his passion of the law through teaching as well.
Larry played hockey into adulthood and was an avid sports fan. From watching the Chicago Bears, Bulls, Hawks and White Sox to never missing a soccer game that his kids were playing in, he made sure to show his enthusiasm with hoots and hollers. If he wasn’t watching sports, you could catch him listening to all genres of music from Led Zeppelin to Pachelbel; going to live concerts especially the Grateful Dead; watching sci-fi movies like “2001: A Space Odyssey”; or reading extensively - either serious law items or something humorous, like Dave Barry. Larry was the life of the party, bringing comedic relief with his quick wit. His friends and family will remember his perpetual smile and his love of family, chocolate and sunsets on the beach.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm. on Friday, November 5, 2021. Memorial service will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Visitation and services will be held at Wilson Park Funeral Home, 200 E Main St, Rochester, Illinois. COVID-19 guidance will be followed and face coverings will be required.
Memorial contributions can be made to:
Thomas Cellini Huntington’s Foundation at ourtchfoundation.org or mail to 320 W. Glengate Ave., #1, Chicago Heights, IL 60411.
Huntington Disease Society of America at hdsa.org