Joel Charles Eshelman, 53, of Connersville, went home to be with His Savior at 3:40 PM Monday afternoon, July 14, 2008 in the emergency room at Fayette Regional Health System. He had been in failing health for three years, but his death was unexpected.
He was born January 29, 1955 in Connersville, the son of Ernest and Irene Pennington Eshelman II, both of whom are deceased. He attended the Connersville High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served as a tank mechanic and achieved the rank of Private First Class. Upon his honorable discharge he returned to Connersville for residence, where he was employed at Design & Manufacturing.
Joel loved to fish, play bingo and enjoyed all forms of sports prior to his change of health related to heart failure and being a diabetic.
He leaves behind two sons: Evan Charles Eshelman and Joseph Carter Eshelman, both of Connersville; a daughter: Cassandra Irene of Canada; the mother of his three children: Jena DeWitt of Franklin, Indiana; two sisters: Faith Steele and husband, Larry and Sherry Waddell and husband, Barton, all of Connersville; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by both parents: maternal grandparents: Arthur and Mildred Mains Neukam; paternal grandparents: Ernest and Thelma Love Eshelman I; an infant sister: Tina Denise Eshelman; and a brother: Ernest Evan Eshelman III.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM Thursday, July 17, 2008 by Reverend Larry Callahan, Pastor of the Word of Life Church and Reverend Dennis Perkins, Associate Pastor of Higher Praise Worship Center in Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home, where friends may visit from 12 Noon until 2 PM. Burial will be in Dale Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Fayette County Veteran's Council Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made in care of the funeral home to the Joel Eshelman Memorial Fund.
Friends may also visit anytime at www.millermosterrobbins.com to sign an online guest book or to express condolences to the family.