In Memory of Alan L. Essex ........ 1st Platoon


Alan Essex ..... 69

Died: April 29th, 2019 in Defiance, OH

Born: March 26th, 1950 in Defiance, OH




Alan L. Essex, 69, of Defiance, formerly of Hicksville, died Monday, April 29, 2019 at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice, Defiance, Ohio.

Alan was born on March 26, 1950 in Defiance, Ohio, the son of the late Albert and Iris (Maddock) Essex.
Alan was a 1968 graduate of Oakwood High School. On December 12, 1970, he was united in marriage to Sandy Smith and she survives.

Alan served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from Avalign Technologies in June of 2016. He had also worked at Dinner Bell, Nemco Med and LH Medical. He was a member of the Oakwood United Methodist Church, Oakwood, Ohio.

Alan is also survived by his children, Lori (Roy) Von Alman, Troy (Abby) Essex; grandchildren, Ryan, Kaylin, Brandan; siblings, Patricia (Mark Asman) Essex, Joseph (Alana) Essex, Margaret “Peg” Price, Thomas (Valerie) Essex; Aunt Helen Maddock; Uncle George (Ann) Essex.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Janet Babcock and a brother in law, James Price.
Funeral services for Alan will be Saturday at 2:00 at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville. Visitation will be Friday from 2:00 to 8:00 at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville.

Memorial Comment

I was one of Alan's SGT's, Bob von Almen.  I saw by his obituary that Alan was 68 years of age. Alan Essex was one of my best rifleman, and he knew he was surrounded with his Band of Brothers.  Alan never slacked off his duty as a 506th Airborne grunt.  I was very blessed to been able to call Alan my friend!  Due to Alan's actions in combat and having covered his brothers backs, myself and others are home safe! Now being 73 (74 in September) my men would kid me about being the "old man",  Alan included!  Alan's family has my deepest sympathy on your loss of a good man.  May Alan's soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed, through the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace.

Currahee Brother!

Bob von Almen


"Thank you brother for a job well done".  Until we meet again my friend ..... "Currahee"......"Stands Alone"

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