Sharon Joan (Hodge) AESCHLIMAN (1938 - 2018)

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AESCHLIMAN, Sharon Joan (Hodge)

Went to be with her Savior on May 31st, 2018. She was born to Joe and Wilma Hodge January 31st, 1938. As a young girl, she and her parents lived on the family farm in the Wilcox area. Later, they moved nearby to a farm on Penawawa Road. Sharon had many memories of caring for and riding her Dad's and Grandfather's horses and of enjoying the companionship of special family pets, particularly a pair of collie dogs she had in her grade school years. As a teenager, after attending an evangelistic event with her mother, Sharon gave her life to Jesus Christ, committing to honor Him. She attended Colfax High School and there met her husband-to-be, John Aeschliman. They first met in choir when both had parts in the musical, Robin Hood. After high school graduation, Sharon attended Washington State University for 2 years, and then worked at Seattle First National Bank as secretary for the officers of the bank. John and Sharon became engaged and were married March 6th, 1960 in the new First Baptist Church in Colfax. John began work with Sharon's father soon after they were married. During the 3 years on the farm, Sharon gave birth to both of their two children. Sharon also worked for about 6 years for the Dept. of Architecture at WSU. Soon after, John and Sharon forged out their own company when John began to build custom stereo systems, which led to building and designing many other custom cabinets and furniture. This would be the beginnings of their company, Kustom Mfg and Supply Inc. in Pullman, WA, which later grew to 38 employees. Sharon ran the office, including payroll, double-entry bookkeeping (no Quickbooks!), all the shop drawings, managed two additional office employees, and took calls to keep everything running smoothly. After 15 years, John and Sharon decided to take more time for their children and phased out of the cabinet business and back into farming full-time in 1976. Sharon then transferred her office managing skills to the home, keeping the farm books organized, canning, running for parts, and decorating her home - decorating was one of her favorite past times, which became high priority at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Gardening and caring for her flowers also brought special joy, as well as spending time with her grandchildren. Sharon was a member of Onecho Bible Church and Gideon's Auxiliary, and served many years in different capacities there. Later in life, Sharon loved going with John to the Direct Seed, No-till and National Assoc. of Corn Growers conferences where he would speak from time to time. They loved traveling together to Europe, Hawaii, and around the U.S visiting family and staying in their time share. Late in 2007, Sharon battled and survived cancer, which took its toll on her health. In recent years, Alzheimers kept her from enjoying many of the things she loved, including traveling and being with her best friend and husband. Through all these challenges, Sharon kept her faith in the Lord, who was always her Anchor.
Sharon is survived by her husband, John Aeschliman, two children, Cory (Rosemarie) Aeschliman, and Marla (Eric) Hanson; eight grandchildren, Ben (Margeaux) Aeschliman, Tiffany (Greg) Doornink, Gabe (Nicolette) Aeschliman, Melissa Aeschliman, Deanna (Casey) Clark, David Hanson, Michelle Hanson, and Matthew Hanson; three great-grandchildren, Elianna Doornink, Eli Aeschliman, and Max Aeschliman. Sharon was preceded in death by her aunts, Thelma Miller, Vi (Miller) Powers, and her mother, Wilma (Miller) Hodge and father Joe Hodge.
Sharon's memorial service will be held Saturday, June 9th, 2018, at Onecho Bible Church at 11 am. Graveside for family will be at 10 a.m. at the Onecho Cemetery. A luncheon after the service will be provided for all to enjoy time sharing memories and catching up with family and friends. Memorial donations may be given to Gideon's International or to Onecho Bible Church Day Camp/VBS programs.
BRUNING FUNERAL HOME is caring for the family. On-line condolences may be made at

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Published in Spokesman-Review on June 6, 2018