John W. Esterline III

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John W. Esterline III

Was a 1953 graduate of Park Tudor School, Cum Laude, 1957 graduate of Brown University B.S. English Major, a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, United States Army Reserve, a 1962 graduate of University of Michigan with a degree in Landscape Architecture. John had a 50 year career with his family business at Eagle Creek Nursery, where he was president until his retirement in 2008. He also served as president for the Indianapolis Landscape Association in 1968. He was a member of the Indianapolis Dramatic Club and Woodstock Country Club.

John was a man of immense charms, whose equally outsize love of life will be missed by all who knew and adored him. He will be remembered for his wit, his intellect, his kindness, and most especially, the ever-present twinkle in his eye. He was the life of every party, whose fondness for entertaining and always-dapper demeanor evinced the importance he placed on living well. He loved Burberry, the great outdoors, fine food, and his many friends, especially Dr. Bradley Calobrace, Martin Horner, and Joe Schroeder.

He is survived by his sister, Jane Esterline Darmer, Indianapolis; and his brother: Charles C. Esterline (Nicole), Indianapolis; his six children: Thomas Martin Esterline, Jr. (Angie Taksony), Indianapolis; Daniel Merrill Esterline (Colleen Williams), Lakeland, FL; Elizabeth Esterline Roush (Matt), Zionsville; Sarah Esterline Sampson (Jon), Zionsville; Susanna Esterline Arnold (Michael), Chicago, IL; William Merrill Esterline (Lauren Voors), La Verne, CA; and his twenty-seven grandchildren: Riley Thomas Roush, Courtney Katheryn Sampson, Reagan Daniel Roush, Kaelan Kiley Roush, Cally Kathleen Sampson, Cassidy Kiley Sampson, Alexander Jon Sampson, Thomas Martin Esterline III, Jack William Sampson, Anna Kathleen Esterline, Dasha Kate Roush, Lily Katheryn Roush, Carson Kate Sampson, Jason Gary Esterline, Caroline Kelly Sampson, Isabella Rose Roush, Katheryn Kiley Esterline, Addison Jane Sampson, Leo Merrill Roush, Ava Jane Arnold, Georgia Kate Esterline, Angus Daniel Esterline, Cooper Thomas Sampson, Charlotte Mae Arnold, Emily Katheryn Esterline, Logan Daniel Sampson and Frankie Thomas Esterline as well as fifteen nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Merrill Brown Esterline and Marion Cunningham Esterline; and his brother-in-law, Robert Darmer, Sr.

Visitation will be Friday, October 11, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with Service beginning at 2 p.m. at Flanner and Buchanan - Zionsville (105 W. Pine St. Zionsville, IN 46077) with Interment to follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery

The family wished to thank all of the caregivers, doctors and nurses at Rush Hospital, Chicago, Ill. Especially Connie, Eden and Nelson. Memorial Contributions in honor of John can be made to Park Tudor School (7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN)

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Arrangements are entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan - Zionsville.

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Flanner and Buchanan – Zionsville
105 W Pine St
Zionsville, IN 46077
(317) 873-3366
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Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Oct. 6, 2013
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