Wilbur J. Eshelman

September 24, 1919 - August 9, 2019
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Wilbur J. Eshelman, 99, of Cumru Township, passed away August 9, 2019 at Columbia Cottage of Wyomissing. He was the husband of Ruth E. (McComsey) Eshelman. They celebrated 76 years of marriage. Born in Shillington, he was a son of the late John W. & Lillie K. (Deitrich) Eshelman. Wilbur was a 1937 graduate of Shillington High School and was a member of the varsity basketball and track & field teams. He was a lifelong associate and member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Shillington, where he served on the church council and property maintenance committee, was an usher captain, and participated in ‘Men of Grace’. Having been employed 42 plus years as an electric welder for Parish Structural Products Division of Dana Corporation, formerly Parish Pressed Steel Company of Reading, he retired in 1982 as a master welder. He served his country honorably during WW II in the Marine Corps earning the rank of Staff Sergeant and was the recipient of three battle stars having served in several campaigns throughout the South Pacific and the Philippine Islands. Wilbur was a life member of the Russel M. Butterweck Detachment Marine Corps League, Reading, serving as a trustee, member of the honor guard, and bugler. He was a life member of the VFW National Post and a Legion of Honor member with the “Chapel of Four Chaplains” Society.  In his early years he was a Boy Scout, Boy Scout volunteer, and later presenter of the Eagle Scout recognition from the Marines Corp League. As an active participant in the Montrose Manor Civic League, he was a major contributor in the design and construction of the Montrose Manor playground pavilion. After retirement he volunteered for Meals on Wheels and Toys for Tots. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, traveling, and especially enjoyed building, renovating, and woodworking. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children – Gail A. wife of J. Gregory Colahan, Cumru Twp., Neil A. husband of Kathy (Means) Eshelman, Montoursville, J. Scott Eshelman, Mohnton, Gary L. Eshelman, Sinking Spring, his grandchildren – Sean husband of Elizabeth Colahan, Seth Eshelman, Ian husband of Erin Colahan and his great grandchildren – Riley, Makenzy, Catherine and Tanner. Relatives and friends may call on Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 9:30-11:00 AM followed by his funeral service at 11 AM at Klee Funeral Home. Rev. Thomas Reinsel will officiate. Interment with military honors in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Exeter Twp. will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please remember Wilbur by making contributions to Grace Ev. Lutheran Church, 30 Liberty Street, Shillington, PA 19607 or the Russel M. Butterweck Detachment Marine Corps League, c/o VFW Post 6150, 550 Columbia Ave., Sinking Spring, PA 19607-1122. The Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Shillington is assisting the Eshelman family. www.kleefuneralhome.com

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Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019

Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.


One East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607

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Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.


One East Lancaster Avenue
Shillington, PA 19607

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Rev. Thomas Reinsel

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Date: Saturday, August 17, 2019

Forest Hills Memorial Park


390 West Neversink Road, Reading, PA, 19606

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Russel M. Butterweck Detachment Marine Corps. League

c/o VFW Post 6150
550 Columbia Avenue
Sinking Spring, PA 19607-1122

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Phone: 16107799787

30 Liberty Street
Shillington, PA 19607


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Born: September 24, 1919
Died: August 9, 2019

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Jim & Bernie Stamm posted on 8/14/19

Another fine citizen of Montrose Manor has left us to go to his eternal reward. Deep sadness for your loss. Jim& Bernie