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Richard L. Eshelman

1921 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Richard Leroy Eshelman, 97, St. Charles, previously of Washington for 38 years, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at his home.

He was born March 1, 1921, in Hooppole, Ill, to the late Edward Eshelman and wife Minnie, nee Brady. Richard graduated from Rock Island High School (Rocky) and carried papers for years as a young boy at the Rock Island Argus newspaper. Richard served his country during World War II aboard the USS Proteus, a submarine tender ship, in the Pacific Ocean. He and his shipmates were aboard the ship in the Tokyo Bay during the Japanese Surrender Ceremony in 1945. "Dick" held the position of Mailman-2/c (T) V6 USNR and received the American Theater of War, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, Victory and Good Conduct medals.

After his military service, he worked at Buck Buick in Rock Island, Ill., and Eagle Distribution in Milan, Ill., as parts manager, district manager for several auto parts stores in the Rock Island and Milan, Ill., region, and as a maintenance person with Klak Management Corp in Washington, until his retirement. Richard was united in marriage to the late Annette, nee Manuel, Nelson July 23, 1954, in Rock Island, Ill. Richard was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes fan. He loved spending time with his friends and family and traveling.

Richard is survived by three children, Joyce Carman and husband Fred, Rock Island, Ill., Daniel Eshelman and wife Cathy, St. Charles, and David Eshelman and wife Mary, Bettendorf, Iowa; two stepdaughters, Sharon Wallace, Mount Morris, Ill., and Deborah Klak and husband Mike, Washington; four siblings, Edith Bowman, Lois Heinsen, Doris Kelley, all of Davenport Iowa, and Peggy Lambert and husband Elmer, Port St. Richey, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; 20 greatgrandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one brother, John Eshelman; one step-son, Dennis Nelson; and one step-son-in-law, Robert Wallace.

Visitation was held Thursday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home, Washington. A funeral service was held Friday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment followed at Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington.

Memorial donations are appreciated to the Franklin County Humane Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2661 or the .

Arrangements were in care of Miller Funeral Home, Washington.
Published in The Missourian on Sept. 15, 2018
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