Harold E. Eshleman, 89, WWII vet, worked at Alcoa, lifelong Democrat with passion for knowledge

By on June 30, 2015

Harold E. Eshleman, 89, of Manheim, died peacefully Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at Moravian Manor, Lititz.

Born in Lancaster County, he was the son of the late Raymond and Mae Ober Eshleman. Harold was the loving husband of the late June Seachrist Eshleman who died in June 2013.

For many years, Harold worked in the shipping and receiving department for Alcoa, Lancaster. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving on the USS Ticonderoga Aircraft Carrier during World War II. He attended St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Manheim; and was a member of the Manheim VFW. Harold was proud that he was a life-long Democrat. He had an intense passion for knowledge and would spend his time reading books and newspapers. Having a real teacher’s heart; Harold would meet and engage people by informing or discussing topics of the day, history, and current events both local and from around the world. Other interests included: Hudson and Chrysler automobiles, Big Band, country, and classical music.

Surviving is a son: J. Michael, husband of Teresa Bleyer Eshleman; a daughter: Claudia R., wife of Terry Connelly, all of Manheim, four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters: Marion, wife of Ross Weaver; Elizabeth Hevener, Dorothy Fritsch; and a brother: Donald, husband of Joan Eshleman.

Preceding him in death is a son: C. David Eshleman; a brother: Robert G. “Skip” Eshleman; and a sister: Jean Hoxworth.

Services were held July 1 at Buch Funeral Home, Manheim. Interment was in Manheim Fairview Cemetery, Penn Township.

Those desiring may send contributions in Harold’s memory to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

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

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