John (Jack) Eschrich, 88, of Ten Sleep, passed away April 23, 2014 with his family at his side.?He was born February 26, 1926 to Harry and Dot (Palmer) Eschrich in Buffalo. He was born weighing a little over two pounds with a cleft palate and all the challenges that presented. He was raised and attended school in Buffalo where he met Mary Lou Claypool who became his wife of over 50 years.?Jack served in the Navy in WWII, Pacific theater. He attended college at UCLA and the University of Wyoming before joining the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. He worked at fish hatcheries in Story and Daniel before moving to Ten Sleep over 60 years ago where he became the superintendent. He was instrumental in the raising of fish and stocking fisheries throughout Wyoming, primarily in the Big Horn Mountains. This included packing milk cans full of fish to wilderness lakes by horseback and the first successful fish planting by airplane. ?He was an avid outdoorsman and hunter who loved the mountains and wildlife. He was a first responder to accident scenes and was directly responsible for saving the lives of several people, including an infant who fell into a hatchery pond.?Jack was a proud member of the Osage Nation. His grandparents, John F. Palmer and Martha Plomunden Palmer, and his mother, Mabel (Dot) Palmer Eschrich, were all original allottees of the Osage Tribe.?He is preceeded in death by his loving wife Mary.?He is survived by three children, John (Vonda) Eschrich of Ten Sleep, Marta Bugenhagen of Rapid City, South Dakota and Clay Eschrich of Savage, Minnesota, granddaughters Bonnie Jones of California, Amie Eschrich of Wyoming, Nikki Knispel of South Dakota, Emily Eschrich of Minnesoty, Alyssa Eschrich of Minnesota and Maggie Eschrich of Minnesota; and great grandchildren Mary Jones, Meagan Jones, John Jones and Rylee Knispel.?Jack requested no services be held. His wishes were for cremation and placement by family in the Big Horns. Remembrances may be contributed in his name to the Ten Sleep Senior Center, Ten Sleep Library or to Smile Train.
This obituary was originally published in The Sheridan Press (Sheridan, WY).