Silvestre “Sly” Esparza Jr.

Silvestre “Sly” Esparza Jr., age 62, of Kenosha passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 28, 1958 in Dimmitt, TX to Silvestre and Leandra (Guzman) Esparza Sr. and he graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1977. Sly was married for 43 years to Deborah Ann Hurst. He was a machinist and had his CDL license and worked for factories in Kenosha and Racine. Sly was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed golfing with his wife and friends in the states and the city golf league. He was also involved in baseball and dart leagues. Sly loved biking with his family, especially with his granddaughter, Alyssa. He enjoyed frisbee golfing, trips to the Dells with family and close friends, walks in wooded areas, collecting frisbees and albums, cookouts, bonfires, trying new beers, concerts and fireworks. Sly was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers.

       He was preceded in death by, his father, Silvestre Sr.; aunt, Agedita Lomas; his brother, David Esparza; paternal grandparents, Antonio Esparza and Ramona (Garcia) Esparza and maternal grandparents, Justo and Trinadad (Herrara) Guzman.

       Sly is survived by, his wife, Debbi; two children, Christopher M. Esparza and Charesse M. Esparza; grandchildren, Alyssa A. Schmidt and David J. Esparza; his mother, Leandra Guzman Esparza; siblings, Leo, James and Jeanie as well as nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

       A memorial golf outing will be held at a later date.

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Thoughts for Silvestre “Sly” Esparza Jr.;

  • I’m stunned by the news of Sly’s passing. I have great memories of being Sly’s boss at American Brass and playing golf together. I’m going to miss him and our times together. May he rest in peace. With deepest sympathy. Tom Donais

  • Janice Galvan says:

    March 29th. 2021

    Wish we would have had more time to get to know Sly better. He was a fun loving guy with a ready smile. Oscar will miss his golf buddy, watching Packer games, beers sampling, and playing games with the cousins. We are all deeply saddened by his passing. He will be missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts are with you Deb. We hope you and your family will find peace during this difficult time.
    Oscar & Janice Galvan

  • My dear golf partner, I’ll miss the hot spicy peanuts in the golf cart along with the music playing while we’re hitting the golf ball. The times at the Octoberfest by the lake drinking with our wife’s and good friends. We all will miss you sly you were the life of the party.

  • Mamie Esparza Castillo says:

    Our thoughts and prayers for Betitp and his family. Words are not enough to comfort when losing a love one. Memories are all we have to cherish and will keep us going forward.
    From the Esparza family, rest in peace and until we see each other in heaven.

  • Robert L Hurst Jr says:

    Sly will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was a wonderful father, huband, and friend. Words cannot describe the sadness we all feel. We’ll see you again brother!

  • Patrick R Webb says:

    I only had a short time in life to get to know you at Powerbrace . The best thing I can remember about you is your infectious laughter and you were always pleasant person as a co worker to work with.
    I shall see you again brother, In the Lords Home. God Bless you and your Family’.

  • John Espinosa says:

    Greatly saddened by Slys passing. Truly greatfull to have had the chance to know him. Always good vibes when we hung out, those memories are for ever. Even though you have moved on you will not be forgotten my friend. Going to miss you hermano. My sincere condolences go to Deb and the entire family.

  • Carolyn Hannaman says:

    Debbie, my heart goes out to you and your family. IIam deeply saddened at the hearing of Sly’s passing. He was a great guy to work with at American Brass. He was kind, smart, funny and fun to be around. I know you will all miss him terribly. I hope you have a lot of great memories to help you through this difficult time. And remember, you’ll see him again one day.

  • Gary Kinsley says:

    My deepest condolences to your family. You will be missed. You always had a smile on your face and a kind word to say. Thanks for the memories.

  • Judith Summers says:

    Dear Esparza Family: My husband ,Leo (Bucky) Lichter was a friend, boss to Sylvestre’s dad, Sylvestre Sr. I remember when Leo (Sly) brother was born, Sylvestre St., had him named after my husband, Leo Lichter, jr. The Esparza family was very close to myself and my husbnad Bucky, as they
    called him. I am sorry I never really got to know the children and I did Lee and Sylvestre Sr., Just want you to know how much that family was
    revered and loved by the Lichter Family Rest in Peace, Sylvestre, Jr. w/ your mom, dad, brother’s.
    Judy Lichter Summers

  • Darlene Davies says:

    Debbie, my prayers are with you and the family. You know how much I respected Sly, and cared about him like a brother. I will remember him fondly. We had some fun times together. One time especially that he always reminded me of is when we moved Billy, and Sly and I carried that small, but heavy pool table up the basement stairs. We had a good laugh over that. As you know my brother, Rob and Sly were friends from the Brass days and Rob cared for him very much. Rob always told me if I ever needed anything and he couldn’t be around that I could always rely on Sly and Billy to help me and knowing what a wonderful man Sly was I know that to be true. Recently we had talked about and I was looking forward to getting out and walking our dogs together when it got warmer out. Unfortunately, that won’t happen now. I like to imagine Sly and Rob drinking beer and reminiscing together. May they both Rest In Peace. May God bless you, Debbie, and give you strength and peace. Darlene

  • Mark Castelli says:

    I am so sorry to hear about Sly. He was such a lighthearted man who loved his family. I always enjoyed his friendship. Your family is in my prayers.

  • Steve Perotto says:

    To the Esparza Family,
    So sorry to hear of Silvestre passing. We grew up in the same neighborhood and went to school at Holy Rosary .
    He was a kind caring person who always had a smile on his face.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

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