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“R.I.P., Swede ”
1 of 32 | Posted by: Lee Wiebenga - Freeport, IL

“GREAT, TALENTED, FRIEND. ”
2 of 32 | Posted by: Doug & Kaarina Lancaster - IL

“R.I.P. Swede.... fly high my friend....you were the best, thanks for building my '57 Chevy! To Ruth & Family... you all have our Prayers! ”
3 of 32 | Posted by: Brian & Ann Van Horn - Morrison, IL

“I enjoyed working with Roger at the Center. His jokes , his breakfast he cooked us on his octagon Art Deco grill he built, and seeing the hot rods he...Read More »
4 of 32 | Posted by: Gary Middleton - Morrison, IL

“Ruth. We are so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. I can remember when you and Roger were "going together " in High School, it doesn't seem like it...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: Steve Huizenga - Fulton, IL

“Ruth, you have my deepest sympathies. Was so sorry to hear of Roger passing.Deb Schaver ”
6 of 32 | Posted by: Deb Schaver - Albany, IL - Friend

“ohhhhh, the hours spent in the shop- discussing "important matters" over a cool one.. He is going to be missed. Sending thoughts and prayers...... ”
7 of 32 | Posted by: Steve Workman - Sterling, IL

“Will be missed ”
8 of 32 | Posted by: Eric & Mary Benson

“Remembering his great love of cars and devotion to wife. ”
9 of 32 | Posted by: Sharon Rickertsen - Low Moor, IA

“Sorry to hear of Roger's passing. Too Young :( ”
10 of 32 | Posted by: Nancy Stevens - Morrison, IL

“Sorry to learn of Swedes' passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all. ”
11 of 32 | Posted by: Dick Carpenter - Morrison, IL

“So sorry ”
12 of 32 | Posted by: Mark & Sandy Hamilton - Fulton, IL

“Was very sorry to hear of the passing of Roger, our sympathies to his family during this most difficult of times.... Paul and Carolyn Hook Thomas ”
13 of 32 | Posted by: carolyn hook thomas - Erie, IL

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Roger, RIP...our deepest sympathies to his family... ”
14 of 32 | Posted by: Deanna Eissens - Thomson, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Eshelman Families ”
15 of 32 | Posted by: Dick and Betty Happel - Clinton, IA

“Roger always had a story and a joke to tell it was fun just talking to him. He will be missed.Ernie & Gail ”
16 of 32 | Posted by: Ernie & Gail Brooks

“I am so sorry to hear of Rogers passing, Prayers for all the family, but especially for Richard being his twin.I can only imagine as I'm a twin to...Read More »
17 of 32 | Posted by: Deborah Williamson Selhost - IL

“I have known Roger and Richard as far back as I can remember. Our parents were friends also. Had a lot of good times together, got in trouble...Read More »
18 of 32 | Posted by: Rick Abbott - Richmond, VA

“I have known Roger and Richard as far back as I can remember. Our parents were friends also. Had a lot of good times together, got in trouble...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: Rick Abbott - Richmond, VA

“I went to school with Dutch and Swede. Great classmates. You have my Christian love and sympathy. May God keep you close in his arms during this...Read More »
20 of 32 | Posted by: Miriam Hadley Babak - Fulton, IL

“Sarah and family, You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
21 of 32 | Posted by: Bobbi Kamen - Clinton, IA

“We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
22 of 32 | Posted by: Paula and Dave Ensinger - Fulton, IL

“Swede was a great guy and craftsman he could work on anything and make it better than new. He will be missed prayers to the family. ”
23 of 32 | Posted by: Guy Plumley - Davenport, IA

“I knew Swede for a lot of years and seen a lot of unique projects he and Dutch would build. One of my favorite was when Swede and Dutch got in a race...Read More »
24 of 32 | Posted by: Dan Anderson - Albany, IL

“Swede was a great guy and a good friend through the years. Remember hanging out a Jones's gas stations with him and our other friends who have passed...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Guy Plumley - Davenport, IA

“Good friend. Gone too soon. Stan & Kathy Merema ”
26 of 32 | Posted by: Kathy Merema - Fulton, IL

“I could just sit and listen to him talk cars for ever. Love & Light ”
27 of 32 | Posted by: Dustin & Kerri Thomas - Morrisson, IL

“Ruth & family: so sorry to hear of Roger's passing. Praying for strength & comfort for all of you. ”
28 of 32 | Posted by: David & Nelta Roeder - Morrison, IL

“Sympathy and prayers to all.... ”
29 of 32 | Posted by: Dan and Kim Bennett - Fulton, IL

“Ruth, our thoughts and prayers to you and the entire family. Sending hugs. ”
30 of 32 | Posted by: Jeff and Judy Meinsma - Morrison, IL

“Our thoughts are with Ruth and the family. He was a good friend that will be greatly missed. ”
31 of 32 | Posted by: Jim & Barb Ottens - Morrison, IL

“I always enjoyed the time spent at T&D engineering. Your humor was wonderful and your craftsmanship unparalleled.Dale ”
32 of 32 | Posted by: Dale Armstrong - Sterling, IL


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Roger "Swede" James Eshelman, age 67 of Morrison, died Friday, August 25, 2017, at his home.

Roger was born on July 21, 1950, in Dixon, IL, the son of Eugene and Lucille Eshelman. He married Ruth Dykstra on July 21, 1970, in Fulton. Roger was a United States Army Veteran. Stationed in Germany, he served during the War in Vietnam from 1970-1972. Roger taught in the auto body department at Whiteside Area Career Center in Sterling for 21 years, retiring in 2000. He was a lifelong car enthusiast, street rods in particular. He was an avid gun enthusiast and collector as well as a member of the Morrison Sportsman Club. Roger enjoyed telling jokes and stories. He will be missed dearly by his dog, Rosco.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; two children, Ben (April) Eshelman of Morrison and Sarah Hawk (Bryan Sissing) of Fulton; three grandchildren, Siara O'Leary Hawk, Angelyca Hawk and Grant Abell; twin brother, Richard "Dutch" (Connie) Eshelman of Mesa, AZ and brothers, Raymond "Genie" (Beth) Eshelman of Albany and Robert "Bob" (Dawn) Eshelman of Fulton.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Monday, August 28, 2017, from 4:00-7:00 P.M. at the Gateway Faith Fellowship Church in Fulton. Funeral service will be on Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at 11:00 A.M. at the church with Pastor Wayne Wiersema officiating. Military Honors will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesis Hospice.