Wilfred L. Espenlaub

February 18, 1918October 4, 2013

Wilfred L. Espenlaub, 95, of Evansville, passed from death to life Friday, October 4, 2013, at Deaconess Hospital. He was born February 18, 1918, in Evansville.

He attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Newburgh. He was a member of the Newburgh Lodge, Scottish Rite, Hadi Temple, Eagles #427, American Legion Post #44, and St. John’s East Choir.

Wilfred served in the U.S. Navy, on the regional board of the Federal Land Bank Association, and as president of the School Building Board for the original Castle High School. He was an award winning soy bean, wheat and corn farmer for the third generation on the same land in Warrick County. For 18 years, he delighted in safely busing children to and from Warrick County schools.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Weltha Espenlaub, who passed away June 21, 2010; sister, Mildred A. Rudolph; and his parents, Edward C. and Marie E. (Deusner) Espenlaub.

Wilfred is survived by his wife, Beula Hopper; sons, David E. Espenlaub of Dallas, TX and Alan L. Espenlaub of Kansas City, MO; sister, Ilene V. Fleming of Evansville; grandchildren, Charity A. Espenlaub, Sarah Gibbins, Jonathan Espenlaub, Julia Warren; great-grandchildren, Sarah Anne Warren, Makya Warren, Keiser Gibbins, Jameson Gibbins, Roen Gibbins, and Kian Espenlaub.

Services will be at 11:00 AM, Monday, October 7, 2013, at Alexander East Chapel, officiated by Rev. Ken Slater, with burial at Park Lawn Cemetery. Friends may visit Sunday, 1-6 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 4377 State Road 261, Newburgh, IN 47630, or the charity of your preference.


  • Visitation Sunday, October 6, 2013
  • Funeral Services Monday, October 7, 2013

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Elaine Hall

October 9, 2013

Alan and David, I was sorry to read of your Dad's passing, we just returned from vacation. He was a fine and honorable man, a great example to many here in Warrick county. Elaine

October 9, 2013

Alan and Judy - our condolences to you and your family from
your friends at PMV in Canada. Hugs to you both--you loved
him well. Laura

Linda Kaiser-Nicholson

October 8, 2013

Alan and David,
So very sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. Our family sure enjoyed some good visits with your family when we were young.

Sharon Judah

October 8, 2013

Dear David and Family, My heart is saddened at the news of your precious father's passing. He was such a kind and gracious man... The legacy he leaves seems seated in the value he gave to living a life of Godly character. What a gift to you and to your kids and grandkids to have had such an example to follow. My love and prayers, Sharon
p.s. I know he simply ran into his beloved Weltha's arms!

October 8, 2013

Alan and David, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. He was my sister (Judy Oelheim) and mine (Dennis Oelheim)'s bus driver. We really thought a lot of him. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Dennis Oelheim (Sullivan, IN)

Randy McCutchan

October 7, 2013

Alan and David I am so sorry to get the news of your father's passing. I have to tell you that he was one of the finest men that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing in my entire life.
And I had the honor of being able to say that he and his sons are my cousins.
God Bless You All,

Anand Injeti

October 6, 2013

David my deepest sympathies and condolences on your loss.

Stephanie Upton

October 6, 2013

Daivd I am so truly sorry to hear of you loss! I know you were very close to your Father and will miss him terribly! Our prayers will stay with you and your family! Charles, Stephanie, Samantha and Chase

October 6, 2013

Alan, So sorry for your loss, Sending good thoughts and Prayers. Darlene Willis Young

Phyllis May-Ables

October 5, 2013

Alan and David, so sorry to read about your Dad.