Adam Esterle

SALEM – Adam Esterle, 88, of Salem, died at 2:46 a.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the Salem Regional Medical Center following a short illness.

He was born July 15, 1925 in Gyorkgy, Hungary, son of the late Adam G. and Mary (Lehner) Esterle.

Before retiring in 1997, Mr. Esterle had been vice president for 11 years at Barclay Machine Company and had previously been plant manager for 34 years at NRM before retiring in 1986 from there.

Adam was born in Hungary and came to the U.S. at age 21. He could not speak English but started work at NRM as a laborer. He learned the English language, self educated himself, and became plant manager.

He was a member of both the Emmanuel Lutheran Church and the Salem Elks Lodge #305, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a loving husband, father, grandpa and great grandpa.

His wife, Louise (Langenbach) Esterle, whom he married May 12, 1951, survives him along with a son, Robert (Michelle) Esterle of Salem; a daughter, Lynn (David) Kimpel of Novi, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Timothy, Kyle, Jennifer, Jason, Katelyn, Adam and Allyson; and three great-grandchildren, Carson, Emma and Ian.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Purdy.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2014, at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Alan Smearsoll.

Calling hours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery with military honors provided by the Salem Honor Guard.

Mr. Esterle’s obituary may be viewed and condolences sent online at


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