VeteranBill Eskridge

William EskridgeWilliam E. “Bill” Eskridge, 89, of Lewistown died at 10:55 p.m. June 7, 2018, at Graham Hospital in Canton.

He was born Jan. 19, 1929, in Lewistown, a son of Lawrence E. and Mary Grigsby Eskridge. He married Shirley Bowman on March 22, 1953, in Canton. She survives.

Also surviving are two children, Larry Eskridge of Canton and Shirley Jayne (and Greg) Davis of Quincy; one brother, Clyde E. Eskridge of Canton; one granddaughter, Jayme Marie (and Alex Adams) Davis of Quincy; and several nieces and nephews.

He was a farmer and also had worked for 20 years at International Harvester in Canton until the plant closed. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-53 including 18 months in Korea.

He was a member of Lewistown United Methodist Church. He was a 50-year member and past master of the Lewistown Lodge 104, the Peoria Valley Scottish Rite, a 50-year member and Past Patron of the Ipava Order of Eastern Star, Lewistown American Legion Bishop Post 1, Lewistown VFW Post 5001 and the Grumpy Retired Old Men’s coffee group.

Funeral services were held Monday at his church with Reverend Shane Smith officiating. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown with military services conducted by the Lewistown VFW and the Lewistown American Legion. Masonic services also were held. Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Lewistown United Methodist Church or the Shriners Children’s Hospital.

Condolences may be sent to henrylange.com.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 6/13/2018


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