Obituary of Gary Gene Eshelman
Gary Gene Eshelman 81, of Meridian, Idaho passed away on December 8, 2023 surrounded by family. Known as "Butch" to those who knew him well, he was born on January 3, 1942 to Elsie and LeRoy Eshelman. He was born in Boise, and resided in the Meridian area. He was the second of three children, he had an older sister, Donna and a younger sister, Carol. Butch grew up farming with his dad.
On November 17, 1962 he married Alice Faye Marshall. They were married for 61 years. They had four children: Shirley, twin boys, Scott and Steven, and Samantha.
Gary worked hard to provide for his family that he loved. He immensely enjoyed driving truck. He woke up early in the mornings to get going on the road and other days he found himself amongst the friends he made drinking coffee at Dennys.
While driving he worked with: hauling potatoes for Blanksmas, hay hauling for Felix Anchustegui, working for Clover Club, IBP, Nampa Paving, Lee's Forest Products.
Gary was a collector of all things. Especially horse-drawn equipment and wrenches. He was a member of the Missouri Valley Wrench Club. He was also part of TVAPA group for many years. He would travel the valley showing and sharing his displays of antiques he had collected over the years, but his favorite stop was the Western Idaho Fair. There he could share his love of antiques and especially enjoyed showing all the kids how to make ropes Quizzing folks with his "What is it?" table was always a good time. He loved going to auctions. His annual trips to Nebraska for auctions of the Missouri Valley Wrench Club were not to be missed. He also loved any chance to go fishing. He was known for his fast wit and his willingness to always help anyone in need, endeared him to many.
Most important of all, though, Gary loved and appreciated his Creator, Jehovah God. Who gave him the hope of the resurrection through Jesus Christ. As one of Jehovah's Witnesses, he shared that hope with others.
Butch is survived by his wife Alice, daughter Shirley Larrea, son Scott Eshelman, son Steven Eshelman, and daughter Samantha Belieu. A sister, Carol Wilson. 14 grandchildren and 6 great grand daughters. He was preceded in death by: parents Roy and Elsie Eshelman, sister Donna Crane.
The family would like to send heartfelt gratitude to all those who had a hand in Gary's care over the years: the staff at Cascadia of Nampa; the dear ones from Enhabit Hospice that were so supportive at the end; Dr. Von Flue for being patient and truly respecting and honoring the family's wishes; all the staff at St. Al's that helped care for Gary when he was admitted.
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A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Remembrances may be left for the family at www.AccentFuneral.com