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Michael Wayne Esra

August 25, 1941 — September 18, 2020


Michael Wayne Esra, age 79 of Crawfordsville, passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Franciscan Health in Lafayette. He was born in Crawfordsville on August 25, 1941 to the late Harold “Colonel” Esra & Elizabeth “Libby” (Fruits) Todd.

Mike attended Crawfordsville High School and on February 7, 1959, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, he married Judie Grabman, who preceded him in death on July 17, 2012. Mike owned and operated Esra Industrial Construction since 1964. He was always the boss, was known as grandpa to all his employees, and was always giving people something to do. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, raising his chickens, and taking family camping trips. He also loved and looked forward to his yearly fishing trips to Canada with his friends.

He is survived by this daughters, Debbie Cory of Tangier, Candee Esra of Lebanon, and Connie Esra of Crawfordsville; two sisters, Joyce (Jim) Anderson and Karen (Roger) Bruton; five grandchildren, Josh (Natalie) Pribble, Ryan (Kayla) Pribble, Clint Cory, Dan Cory, and Chance Britton; and four great grandchildren, Baily and Sydney Pribble, Colton Cory and Ryleigh Britton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Judie.

Visitation will be at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S Washington Street, in Crawfordsville on Friday, September 25, 2020 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. The funeral service will be Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 11:00am with Pastor Warren Stewart officiating. The service will be live-streamed and recorded, which can be viewed on Mike’s obituary page at Burial will follow at Oak Hill North Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given to the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, 911 E 86th Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240-1848 or online at Share memories and condolences online at

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Friday, September 25, 2020

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

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