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Edward L. "Ed" Eschliman

August 24, 2023


Edward Lloyd “Ed” Eschliman, 88 of Moberly, Missouri, passed away, Thursday, August 24, 2023. He was born October 6, 1934 in Greeley, Nebraska.

Ed graduated Valedictorian from Higbee High school in 1951. After high school, Ed joined the United States Air force and he served in the Korean War. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal, prior to receiving a honorable discharge.

He married Mary Evelyn Menefee on December 23rd, 1956 and they were happily married for almost 67 years.

Survivors include his wife Evelyn, of Moberly, a daughter Shelli Wilcox and her husband, Dan, also of Moberly, two granddaughters Chloe Wilcox of Moberly, and Anna Barrow and husband Trey Barrow of Columbia and Great- Grandson Cayde Barrow, their son Lance Eschliman and wife, Leigh, of Columbia, their daughter Christina, and husband Absalom and grandchildren, Weston, Logan, Luke, and Oakley, son in law, Rick Davis, a brother in law, Bill Menefee and wife Joanne of Florida, a brother Bill Frazier and wife Velva of Sturgeon, MO, and a sister Linda Sharp and husband Vic of Clark, MO, several nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.

Also preceding him in death were his parents Lloyd and Anna Eschliman, and mother Edith Frazier and husband Herschel, a brother Larry Eschliman, daughters Debra Eschliman and Stacy Eschliman Davis.

Ed was a retired conductor for Norfolk Southern Railroad, member of West Park United Methodist Church and later a devoted member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he served on many committees and served as head of the trustees, he was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Ed was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, cousin, uncle and friend to many. He will be remembered for his humor and kindness. He was friends with everyone he met and was always inviting new friends to lunch and his family gatherings. He was brave, he found adventure in everything he did, from water skiing, scuba diving, and snow skiing. He loved teaching people new things, from rollerblading to skateboarding. He was an avid card player. Anyone who knew Ed will recall and remember him for his little jokes and big belly laugh.

Memorial contributions to Trinity United Methodist Church would be appreciated. 

A private celebration of Ed's life was held at the Trinity United Methodist Church.  Military Honors, Committal prayer and inurnment took place,at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville.

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