Esther Huxoll-Deke, 91, of Higginsville, died Wednesday, January 17th at the Meyer Care Center.

She was born June 1, 1926 in Stover, MO to August and Clara (Riefesel) Schroeder.

She married Kenneth Huxoll on Dec. 12, 1948 in Higginsville. He preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1974. She then married Arba Deke on Dec. 11, 1988 in Kearney, NE. He preceded her in death on Feb. 23, 2003. She and Kenneth lived in Ernestville. After his death she moved to Concordia. She and Arba moved to Higginsville in 1992.

Esther worked over 20 years in housekeeping between the Lutheran Good Shepherd Home in Concordia and John Knox Village East in Higginsville. 

She was a volunteer with Lutheran Braille Workers; was a charter member of the Concordia Garden Club; a past member of the Priscilla Circle and Higginsville Merry Makers.

She is preceded in death by her twin brother, Edgar Schroeder and half brother, Harry Schroeder. 

She is survived by:  
Step Son:Tom Deke (Debbie)       of Concordia 

Several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews

2 Step-Grandchildren 

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, January 20th at 10:30 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiated by Pastor Mark Junkin.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral

Casket bearers will be Kevin Sowers, Craig Sowers, Eric Schowengerdt, Brian Schowengerdt, Seth Evans, Patrick Fitzgerald

Burial will be at the City Cemetery. 

Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Radio Broadcast or Immanuel Lutheran School

Kaiser-Wiegers Funeral Home