Gilbert ‘Gil’ Eshelman, 86, Korea vet, worked at Panagraphics, enjoyed hiking, bicycling

By on August 10, 2016

Gilbert “Gil” Eshelman, 86, of Manheim, and formerly of York, died peacefully Friday, July 29, 2016, at Luther Acres Manor, Lititz.

Born in Emigsville, he was the son of the late Warren and Mary Mumper Eshelman. He and his first wife, the late Rhoda Nelson Eshelman, were married for 60 years. Gil was also the loving husband of Shirley Coleman Shelly-Eshelman, and they would have observed their fourth anniversary in October of this year.

Gil worked for Panagraphics, Dover, and Perform Group, Emigsville, until his retirement. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during the Korean War. He was a member of Calvary Church, Lancaster. Gil’s interests included woodworking, hunting, bowling, gardening, reading, hiking, bicycling, and traveling to the Perry County mountains. He was a member of the York Hiking Club, and would also spend many hours riding his bicycle on the York Heritage Trail. Gil had a life-long passion for his family and enjoyed spending time with them throughout the years. He will be missed by his special “grand dogs,” Russie and Suzi Q.

Surviving in addition to his wife Shirley; is a daughter: Connie, wife of Ralph Kabonick, of York; three step-daughters: Deb, wife of Larry Haldeman, of Manheim; Audrey, wife of Bob Griffin, of Middletown; Julie, wife of Mark Menley, of Reading; seven step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and a sister: Marian, wife of Vance Stabley, of Hanover.

Preceding him in death is a sister: Vera Stein; and three brothers: Robert L., David, and Kenneth Eshelman.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Gil’s memorial service at the Calvary Church Chapel, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, on Friday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Friday evening one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family in Prospect Hill Cemetery, York.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be sent in Gil’s memory to Water Street Mission, 210 S. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603; or Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.

To send the family online condolences, visit BuchFuneral.com. Buch Funeral Home, Manheim, handled the arrangements.

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