Robert James Esslinger, 79, died on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at his home in Garden City. He was born on July 10, 1940, in Concordia, Kan., the son of Merlin Joseph and Louis Mae Lambert Esslinger.

He worked as a farmer all of his life. On Nov. 21, 1974, he married Pamela June Staats in Garden City. She died on June 26, 2008.

He is survived by three children, Michelle Watson of Basehor, Kan., Brent Esslinger and wife Marsha of Garden City and Jami Trevino and husband Joe of Sublette; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and two brothers, Merl and Gary.

Funeral services will be held on at 2 p.m. Saturday at Price & Sons Funeral Home of Garden City. Burial will follow the funeral services at the Haskell County Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home from 1-8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the Robert J. Esslinger Memorial Fund in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home, 620 N. Main St. Garden City, KS 67846.